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, an affiliated program of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Spring 2021 Theta Alpha Kappa Membership


During the Spring 2021 semester, the Theta Alpha Kappa ceremony took place in recognition of the new members. The members of Theta Alpha Kappa for Spring 2021 are Rebecca Hett, Emma Kandzer, Anna Hamilton, and Reed Barkowitz. Some members from Spring 2020, Madison Goff and Kirk Mattern, were able to join the ceremony as well.

Undergraduate Achievement Award


Pictured above: Undergraduate Achievement award recipient Abagail Crater. The Undergraduate Achievement award is given every other year to promote excellence among undergraduate students.


Alpha Gamma Omicron 2019-20

  • Bethany Moore '20
  • Morgan Hambleton '20
  • Jordan McCormick '20
  • Kirk Mattern '20
  • Abigail Crater '19
  • Makeba Dorival '19

National Theta Alpha Kappa Leadership

  • President - Eric F. Mason, Judson University
  • Vice President - David Nikkel, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Secretary - Andrea L. Stanton, University of Denver
  • Treasurer - Christopher McMahon, Saint Vincent College


Theta Alpha Kappa came into being through the religious studies faculty at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., in 1976. It has since spread to include over 8,000 members in 180 chapters across the nation. The Alpha Gamma Omicron chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa was founded in 1996. To date, 148 members have been initiated into the chapter. The current president is Dr. Christopher Bell.

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Undergraduate students enrolled in institutions with a Theta Alpha Kappa chapter must have completed at least four units in Religious Studies courses at Stetson University of which at least one must be at the 300-level or above in courses representing these disciplines, have attained a GPA of at least 3.50 in such courses and a 3.0 in their total program, and have been ranked (if appropriate) in the upper 35 percent of their class. Also, these students must be a religious studies major or minor at the time of nomination.