Sigma Tau Delta

  • 2018 Initiation
    Induction, Spring 2018
    On April 27, 2018, Sigma Tau Delta members gather to celebrate the induction of new members. Inductions take place every Spring semester.
  • Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, 2017
    Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, 2017
    Student Melanie Brega presenting her short story, The Trinket, at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. She won honorable mention for her story for which she received a cash prize.


Welcome to Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, and the Delta Delta chapter at Sam Houston State University.

Sigma Tau Delta strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta fosters all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; promotes exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; exhibits high standards of academic excellence; and serves society by fostering literacy. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

Get Involved

Members of our chapter have the opportunity to share their love of literature with like-minded peers and participate in monthly meetings, annual conferences, writing workshops, and fundraising events. For more information on upcoming events, visit us on:

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The Delta Delta chapter at Sam Houston State University was founded in 1935. Our faculty sponsor is Dr. Diane Dowdey. Once you are a member of Sigma Tau Delta, you are a member for life. Over $100,000 in scholarships and awards are offered exclusively to active Sigma Tau Delta members annually.

Become a Member

Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment and signifies that those accepted into Sigma Tau Delta have achieved the Society’s high standards of academic excellence. Becoming a member of Sigma Tau Delta has many benefits including academic recognition, scholarship opportunities, writing awards, publication, internships, convention attendance, student leadership and community service, career advancement, and a lifetime affiliation and fellowship with the Society. Sigma Tau Delta members transferring to or attending graduate school at Sam Houston State University do not need to include membership fees with their application. The lifetime membership dues for first-time applicants are $70.00. Membership applications are accepted in Evans 458.

Undergraduate students must declare an English Major or Minor and

  • Have completed 15 hours or more in English;
  • Have at least a 3.3 GPA in English; and
  • Have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

Graduate students must be enrolled in a graduate program in English or one of its specializations and

  • Have completed 6 hours or graduate coursework; and
  • Have at least a 3.3 overall GPA.

Alumni Membership

If you were initiated in either Sigma Tau Delta or Sigma Kappa Delta at another institution, you are automatically a member of the Delta Delta chapter when you become a student at Sam Houston State University. Contact faculty sponsor Dr. Dowdey so she can make you an active member of our chapter.

Sigma Tau Delta members are members for life, becoming alumni when they cease current enrollment as student or faculty members at a college or university with an active chapter. To stay in touch with Sigma Tau Delta, alumni members may join the Alumni Epsilon Chapter.