Alpha Sigma Kappa grew out of a Little Sisters of Triangle organization formed, in 1983, by Triangle Fraternity. In the late 1980s, Triangle's National Council resolved to phase out their Local Little Sisters organizations. The University of Minnesota's Little Sister group wanted to continue the formal relationship, and decided that forming a new sorority would be the best way to keep the premise of the original group intact. Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies was created on May 1, 1989 with eighteen founding Sisters:
Sonja (Antolik) Fisher, Nicholie (Olsen) Bufkin, Jacqueline (Dandurand) Seal, Jennifer (Parker) Zylko, Jean Etzell, Cheryl (Perusich) Kussow, Kelly (Gram) Riehle, Jennifer (Holland) Richards, Mara Hollinbeck, Ann (Romani) Felteau, Sharon Kosmalski, Karen (Schlangen) Steele, Sara Krawlewski, Leanne Wolske, Melissa Matschiner, Joan Zak, Donna Monson and Elizabeth Zimmermann.
Alpha Sigma Kappa was founded in the hopes of bringing women pursuing technical studies together in a social setting. Historically, these career fields were dominated by men — at the time the sorority was founded, only 17 percent of the students enrolled in the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota were female. Thus, the presence of an organization dedicated to supporting the few women who entered such fields was greatly needed. Alpha Sigma Kappa believes the need for a sorority that develops, encourages, and supports the academic and social needs of these women is an important aspect to society and the sorority.
Acceptable technical majors for chapter or colony membership are defined in the chapter or colony bylaws. The requirements of these technical majors includes having a minimum of 1/3 of all credit hours in architecture, computer science, engineering, mathematics, the physical sciences, or the biological sciences. In addition, a minimum of 1/6 of all credit hours shall be upper division courses in the aforementioned majors. Physical sciences shall include: atmospheric science, chemistry, earth and space science, physics, astronomy, and other majors as defined by the respective university. Biological sciences include: biology, biochemistry, botany, genetics, microbiology, zoology, and other majors as defined by the respective university. Examples of majors that do not generally meet these requirements are social and behavioral sciences such as sociology, psychology, and kinesiology.
A woman in a graduate program may also be eligible for membership. An acceptable graduate program shall be defined as any acceptable major listed in the chapter or colony bylaws. In the event the graduate program does not possess a corresponding undergraduate program, the graduate program may be deemed technical and acceptable for membership by a 3/4 favorable vote of the active chapter.