Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta
The National English Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta is a national English honor society founded at Dakota Wesleyan University in 1924. The purpose of Sigma Tau Delta is to “promote the mastery of written expression, to encourage worthwhile reading, and to foster a spirit of fellowship among those specializing in English.”

Judson Q. Owen, the founder of Sigma Tau Delta, sponsored the English Club at DWU in the early 1920s. He was a young professor teaching at DWU and working on his doctorate in his spare time. His interest in his profession and the success of the English club on Wesleyan’s campus attracted inquiries from other campuses around the nation. From this interest, Sigma Tau Delta emerged.

To learn more about Sigma Tau Delta go to
Derric Ludens, adviser to the DWU chapter, can be reached at

The Sigma Tau Delta Song
Words by Mildred Knebel, DWU Alpha Chapter
Come, let us sing the praises
Of one whose fair name we share
Sigma Tau Delta, we covet
A place in thy ranks so fair
And we who would merit this honor
Must pledge our allegiance fine
To the motto of Sigma Tau Delta,
Sincerity, Truth, Design

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