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What's better than reading a book? Nothing! That's why you're here.

Welcome, current and future English majors, to Sigma Tau Delta! As members of the Penn State Altoona English Honors Society, each of you will receive an abundance of opportunity towards a prosperous college career. 

Upon joining, fancy pins and certificates will be awarded (even dinner!). There, friends will be made. After that, scholarship applications, publication options, and an annual trip to the International Sigma Tau Delta convention will be offered. All for you!

It's like your wildest dreams have come true!

However, in order for us to grant you access to all of this and more, Sigma Tau Delta desires something in return. It's very simple:

— Be an English major/minor

— Have a third semester standing (i.e. sophomore)

— Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

— Complete at least 2 courses in English language or literature beyond English 15 or 30

— Pay a small fee of $49 ($40 for lifetime membership + $9 for cords at graduation)

However, we are now accepting Junior Members. A Junior Member is any party that has not officially joined (likely because they do not yet meet the requirements), but still wishes to be a part of any club functions we hold on campus.

For applications, answers, and information, contact Jeannette Lang ( or Alexa Pianta ( We look forward to meeting you!

Portal Information


Sigma Tau Delta is an international English Honor Society, with its own chapter at Penn State Altoona. The organization strives to provide cultural stimulation, increase interest in literature, and foster all aspects of the English language. This honor society is open to not only English majors, but all majors who meet the prerequisites for joining.

Even if you don't currently meet the requirements to be an official member of the society, as a club, we are accepting "Junior" Members. Junior Members are any party that will eventually join the society, but has not yet been inducted either because they do not meet one of the criteria or have not yet paid their membership fee.


Honorary Societies

President Name/ Director Name

Alexa Pianta

President/ Director PSU Email
Advisor Name

Jeannette Lang

Advisor Title

Instructor in English and CoDirector of the Wriitng Commons

Advisor Phone