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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 200 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.

The John Carroll University Department of Theology and Religious Studies inaugurated a ΘAK chapter in 2017.

Eligiblity — Undergraduates

Undergraduate students matriculated in qualified institutions are eligible for induction if they have:

  1. Completed at least three semesters (or five quarters) at an institution having a local TAK chapter in good standing
  2. Completed a minimum of 12 semester credits or 18 quarter credits in courses representing Religious Studies or Theological Studies
  3. Attained a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4-point scale) in such courses
  4. Attained at least a 3.0 grade point average in their total academic program to date
  5. Been ranked in at least the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship at the time of induction

Eligiblity — Graduate Students

The JCU chapter of TAK is not yet authorized to induct graduate students.