Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies.

Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society for students in the field of religion. The local chapter here at Miami is one of over 200 chapters located across the United States. TAK is connected to the American Academy of Religion (the professional society for the academic study of religion) and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

For majors and minors who qualify for induction to TAK, the Department of Comparative Religion will pay the induction fee ($25) and purchase the honor cords that TAK members are eligible to wear at graduation ($10). We will also pay the annual renewal fee ($22) for TAK members in our department who wish to keep their membership active, until they graduate from Miami.


Induction requirements

  • Complete at least 3 semesters at Miami.
  • Complete at least 12 credit hours of coursework in Comparative Religion.
  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA in Comparative Religion.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA overall.
  • Rank in the upper 35% of your class at Miami.

Writing award

Submission deadline: Typically in January. Check Theta Alpha Kappa's website.

The national society awards an annual prize, the Albert Clark Award, for the best undergraduate paper in religious studies or theology. In addition to a cash prize--$500 for first place; $250 for second place--the winning papers are published in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa, a peer-reviewed publication.

You do not have to be a member of Theta Alpha Kappa to submit a paper to the competition; you simply have to be enrolled at a school with a Theta Alpha Kappa chapter.