By MEREDITH RIGBY
If you go to Georgetown College, no matter what your major is, chances are there is probably an honors society for it, each titled with impressive-sounding combinations of Greek letters. Currently, the departments that boast honors societies include sociology, theatre, biology, German, classics, art, communications, economics, history, business, French, political science, psychology, Spanish, English and, recently, music. Now, yet another department is being added to the list: religion.
The Georgetown College religion department will be introducing a brand new chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa to campus, The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. The purpose of the organization, as stated by its website, is to “encourage, recognize and maintain excellence in such studies within baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs, but also within the academic profession more broadly understood.” To join as members, students must have completed 12 credit hours of religion courses and have attained at least a B+ average in those classes, among other qualifications. There is also a fee of $25.
Junior religion and history double major, Anna Meurer, who will be studying these subjects abroad at Oxford for this entire academic year, and Dr. Clark of the religion department, originally collaborated to initiate the establishment of the Georgetown College chapter of TAK. This organization is in its beginning stages at Georgetown, but it’s an optimum time for students to get involved in the honor society. Religion students are already excited for the organization and are eager for it to get up and running. Senior religion minor Celisa Bowen says, “I’m very excited for this new opportunity. Religion covers so many areas of interest, so TAK will provide [students] with a way to come together and recognize the importance of the entire department.” Benefits of the new religion honor society include scholarships available for students to apply for, as well as journals students can both subscribe to and to which they can submit their work. It is expected that the chapter will also include events and will serve as a starting place for discussion for students that explore matters related to religion.