Theta Alpha Kappa
Religious Studies / Theology
Admitted to ACHS: 1985
Full membership: 1986
Related Scholarly Organization, American Academy of Religion, 1994
Founded at Manhattan College, 1976
No of Active Chapters: 284
Total Membership: 19448
Annual/current Membership: 1313
Publications: Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa
PURPOSE: TAK exists to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence in Religious and/or Theological Studies within baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs, and also within the academic profession of these studies more broadly understood.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students matriculated in institutions with a TAK chapter must have completed at least three semesters (five quarters) at that institution and at least twelve semester credits (eighteen quarter credits) in courses representing these disciplines; have attained a GPA of at least 3.5 (or B+) in such courses and a 3.0 (B) in their total program; and been ranked (if appropriate) in the upper 35% of their class. Graduate students must have completed at least one half of the residency requirements for their current degree program at a qualified, chaptered institution, and attained at least a GPA of 3.5 (B+) in that work. Honorary members (faculty and others) must meet other requirements specified in the constitution of 1998.
MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Most of TAK’s activities are carried on by its local chapters, but TAK’s national Board of Directors sponsors a number of programs and prizes—especially in relation to its journal, the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa; the Graduate Fellowship Award; the Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader of the Year award, and the Undergraduate Achievement Award. TAK also sponsors an Annual Meeting open to all members.
OFFICIAL CONTACT: Prof. C. David Grant, President, Department of Religion, TCU Box 298100, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Tel: (817) 257-6447 Fax: (817) 257-7495