Theta Alpha Kappa


VWU Chapter: Alpha Gamma Psi

Founded in 1976 at Manhattan College in Riverdale (the Bronx) New York, Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society serving the needs of those involved in the study of religion and/or theology at both the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels of higher education. Honoring excellence in these academic fields is its primary purpose, and it currently hosts over 160 local chapters throughout the United States at institutions both large and small, public and private.

Theta Alpha Kappa is a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion, an affiliate society of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion, and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Dr. Craig Wansink is currently the faculty advisor for the Alpha Gamma Psi Chapter at VWU.

Membership Requirements

Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution of 1998 spells out both the types of membership and the requirements each must meet. These requirements are, as that document states, minimum requirements; chapters may, at their own discretion, establish additional or higher requirements. The types of membership available, together with their requirements, are as follows:

  1. Undergraduate students must have a) completed at least three semesters (or five quarters) at an institution having a local chapter in good standing, b) completed a minimum of twelve (12) semester credits (or eighteen quarter credits) in courses representing Religious Studies or Theological Studies, c) attained a grade point average of at least 3.5 (B+) in such courses, d) attained at least a 3.0 grade point average (or B) in their total academic program to date, and e) been ranked in at least the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship at the time of induction.
  2. Graduate/Professional students must a) be matriculated in programs of Religious or Theological Studies, b) have completed at least one half of the residency requirements for their current degree program at an institution with a local chapter of TAK, and c) have attained at least a 3.5 (or B+) grade point average in their course work to date.
  3. Honorary inductees/members include a) those holding faculty rank for at least one semester (two quarters) in these disciplines at an institution with a local chapter, and b) other individuals who, at the discretion of the local chapter, are deemed to have established a record of excellence in their own right, and shown consistent support and encouragement of these academic disciplines.

List of Present and Past Members of Alpha Gamma Psi Chapter

  • Marc Brown ('04)
  • Tom Caudron
  • Andy Edwards
  • Janet Grissett ('04)
  • Erin Lupton ('05)
  • Amanda (Mandy) Mitchell ('05)
  • Dan Orange
  • Chris Ross
  • Clay Rushing ('03)
  • Craig Toxey
  • Joan Trader ('04)