Our English majors explore with their professors the broad and evolving sweep of English and American Literature, honing their critical thinking skills as they go.

Sigma Tau Delta: The International English Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has more than 740 active chapters, more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and inducts approximately 8,500 members annually. Visit the national Sigma Tau Delta website.

We are the Alpha Tau chapter at St. Norbert College. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices and advance their careers.

Why Join?
We’re an English honor society here at St. Norbert College. As a group, we meet a few times a semester to talk about books with each other and with faculty, and to just have fun. We have an annual spaghetti dinner and an annual induction ceremony. Each year, members also get a chance to meet the English faculty to discuss upcoming classes. We also help create and distribute the two national Sigma Tau Delta journals per year as well as attending the national conference. If you are looking for other reasons to join, there are many other advantages of membership.

How to Join
To join our Alpha Tau chapter of Sigma Tau Delta:

  • You must have completed three English classes at St. Norbert College
  • You must be an English major or minor
  • You must have a 3.0 or better in those English classes
  • And you must have a 3.0 or better GPA overall

Sigma Tau Delta Convention
Every year, a number of English students attend and/or present papers at the annual Sigma Tau Delta Undergraduate Convention. It’s a fantastic way to meet English majors from around the country and globe and learn how to present your work in front of an audience. Besides, we have a great time! Learn more about going to the convention.

Sigma Tau Delta Publications
The Alpha Tau chapter is also privileged to be home to Sigma Tau Delta’s literary journals, The Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review, as well as the bi-annual national newsletter. Learn more about the publications housed at St. Norbert College. These publications go to more than 10,000 members worldwide. From 2000 to 2008, John Pennington edited and created these publications with student editorial interns and a student design intern. He also grew the newsletter from a small publication to a substantial one; and he created the second literary journal, The Review, in 2005. In 2008, Karlyn Crowley became the publications editor. These journals are refereed journals, with jurors from across the country selecting those members to be published. So far, St. Norbert College has a stellar record of its members getting their critical and creative work accepted. See a list of previous Sigma Tau Delta award winners.