Theta Alpha Kappa
Join the national honor society
The Religion Department sponsors a chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing student academic excellence in the fields of religious studies and theology. Our chapter, established in 1998, is one of more than 250 chapters across the country. Students are nominated for induction into TAK each fall and spring by the Religion faculty. Eligibility requires a 3.5 grade point average in a minimum of four courses in religious studies and/or theology and a 3.0 grade point average overall. Students are not required to be Religion majors or minors.
Our chapter sponsors faculty talks and panels and student debates on topics of current interest in the study of religion, especially during Reformation Week at the end of October. Recently, TAK hosted a focus group of majors and minors in order to provide faculty with feedback on curriculum and assessment. In addition to the induction ceremony and dinner held during spring semester, the chapter usually sponsors a fundraiser in the spring; these events have included used-book sales, Peeps jousts, and competitions among the semester’s classes for pizza and ice cream parties. (We try to have a little fun while being serious about our studies!)
Theta Alpha Kappa is a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.