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Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. Its central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta sponsors the California Writers Series, which aims to bring California writers to campus on a regular basis, and the Lectures in Language and Linguistics, which aims to bring a California-based linguist and/or language expert to CSUB’s campus every quarter to speak on a given topic and to meet with students and faculty. The society also holds its Annual Induction and Awards Ceremony, where we present the Betty Creative Writing Awards, created to honor the creative work of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the Li’i Pearl Excellence in English Award, which recognizes outstanding graduates of the Department of English.

How do I join?

    To become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, you must meet the following requirements. You must:

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student, majoring or minoring in English

  • Have a B average overall (3.0 GPA), as well as a B average in English

  • Have taken a minimum of 2 college courses in English language and literature

  • Have completed 3 semesters (5 quarters) of undergraduate work

Membership includes:

  • Lifetime membership

    • Scholarship, internship, assistantship, grant, and writing award opportunities
    • Gaining the privilege to wear honor cords and medals at graduation
    • Opportunities to be published in The Rectangle literary journal
    • Opportunities to enhance your résumé

English Club

     English Club  is the social arm of Sigma Tau Delta. Every week, students (both graduates and undergraduates)

     and instructors meet and chat about everything from books to movies. 


     You do not have to be an English major or minor - the only requirements are that you like good food

     and good conversation. 


     There are no fees to join the English Club. Just show up!

When/Where Do We Meet?

     We meet every Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Humanties Building (HUM) 1108. We will do our best to supply free food and refreshments every week. Please join us! 

For more information on Sigma Tau Delta and English Club contact Emerson Case at:


Sigma Tau Delta Membership Fee of $75 Due March 6, 2020

Please note: There is an Initiation Fee of $75 to join Sigma Tau Delta – This fee

covers lifetime membership, certificate, initiation pin and honor stole.

Turn in this form, along with fees (cash only please), to the English Department (Humanities Office Building 148), Dr. Case (HOB 139), or mail to the address below.

Dr. Emerson Case

Department of English

10 HOB

California State University, Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Hwy.

Bakersfield, CA 93311