Membership is highly selective and is determined according to the following criteria:
- Declare a religious studies major or minor
- Complete at least 3 semesters at an institution with a local TAK chapter in good standing
- Complete a minimum of 12 semester credits in RELG courses with at least a 3.3/B+ grade point average
- Attain at least a 3.0 grade point average and a ranking of at least the upper 35th percentile in general scholarship
New members are inducted every spring. At the induction ceremony, members receive a certificate and a subscription to the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Graduating seniors are presented with honor cords to be worn at Commencement.
Theta Alpha Kappa was founded in 1976 at Manhattan College in New York City. From the beginning, its purpose was to recognize outstanding academic achievement as well as promoting the scholarly study of religion in all of its diversity. Today there are more than 280 chapters of the Society.
Alpha Kappa Epsilon, University of Lynchburg’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, was chartered in 2011.
The faculty advisor for Theta Alpha Kappa is Dr. Stephen Dawson, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies.