Theta Alpha Kappa
In 1976, Professor Albert Clark, F.S.C., established Theta Alpha Kappa at Manhattan College in Riverdale (the Bronx), New York for the purpose of recognizing the academic achievements of religion and theology students. Since then, Theta Alpha Kappa has grown to more than two hundred chapters nationally in four-year educational institutions ranging from small religiously affiliated colleges to large public research institutions. It is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology.
Induction requires nomination by a local chapter and, to be eligible, students must have a 3.5 GPA in Religious Studies and/or Theology and a 3.0 GPA overall. Residency, class ranking, and unit requirements must also be met.
In addition to encouraging the activities of local chapters, Theta Alpha Kappa maintains a vigorous national program of scholarship awards and fellowship competitions; its primary publication, the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa, offers an annual prize and the publication of outstanding student papers.
Theta Alpha Kappa is a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
I became a Religious Studies major to learn more about myself, my religious upbringing and the world around me. I was able to study abroad in Denmark and had so much more to bring to graduate interviews. My favorite thing about religious studies was having the ability to research what I was interested in for the various papers. So much of this major is self-directed and interest-driven.
Courtney Kasin '18
Religious Studies, Communication Disorders
To me, majoring in religious studies meant becoming more open-minded. Both the coursework and faculty members made this possible beyond my expectations. I plan to carry this personal development and education with me as I aim to become a physician. My favorite thing about the religious studies department is the faculty members’ personal investment in my experience.
Quinn Navarro '18
Religious Studies, Pre-Health
Just taking religious courses for my own interest is when I realized this is my passion. My father always told me to just focus on my environmental policy major because religious studies is not important. However, I have learned the importance of interfaith dialogue and recognizing how the name of religion is used for specific agendas in the world we live today. I chose religious studies because I want to build bridges, not walls
Annabel Li '18
Religious Studies, Environmental Studies