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Sigma Tau Delta

Honors Society


An Honors English Society strives to:

Sigma Tau Delta encourages students with an interest in English to submit papers to Sigma Tau Delta’s international convention and engage in community initiatives that promote a love for reading.


Dr. Kaine Ezell and Dr. Sid Watson


Friends of the Library Book Sale, Hipster Night, International Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society with nearly 900 chapters located across the US and the rest of the globe. OBU's chapter celebrates the importance of literature not only in the lives of English majors, but also for our campus, our culture, and all of humanity. Members of Sigma Tau Delta have helped with service projects that benefit local libraries and charities. They also put on events like Hipster Night, where students play games, listen to live music, and perform poetry readings (while playing into the stereotype that most Bison are Chaco-wearing, Mumford-listening hipsters). They also put together the Scriblerus, below, OBU's own literary journal that features original poetry and prose from students.  

One of the highlights of Sigma Tau Delta membership is the opportunity to attend the international convention held each year. In the past, students have presented essays on authors and poets, as well as their own creative works. Others have attended for the opportunity to network, discuss literature with other English-lovers, sit in on career workshops, and listen to panels. Read more about our members' experience at convention.

Membership Information 

Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank* at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. (Local chapters may raise, but not lower, these criteria.) Candidates for undergraduate membership need not be majoring or minoring in the discipline of English. The dues are $50. We also accept partial membership for those wanting to join do not desire to be a member at the National level. The dues for partial membership are $10. 

*This requirement may also be interpreted as "have an overall B average in general scholarship" (e.g., 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale).