This honor society was started at Manhattan College in 1976 for the purpose of recognizing the academic achievements of religion and theology students.
Since then, Theta Alpha Kappa has grown to more than two hundred 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 students and in scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology.
B. Alpha Iota Zeta
The chapter name here at SCU is Alpha Iota Zeta. It was established in October 2007. We believe this year’s inaugural ceremony will begin a long history of honor given to the students of Southwestern Christian University.
This society is the first honor society offered to traditional undergraduate students on the campus of SCU. This society focuses on three aspects that are spelled out in the chapter’s acronym.
The Alpha represents the Greek word agathos. This word means the “thing that which is good.” It may also be translated as “kindness” or “goodness.”
The Iota represents the Greek word isopsuchos. (ee-sop'-soo-khos) This word means “likeminded” or “kindred spirit.”
The final letter, Zeta, represents the Greek word zeteo. This word means to “inquire, seek, deliberate, and strive.”
The Alpha Iota Zeta chapter will therefore be a society that that demonstrates “that which is good” as we “strive” for excellence in academics and our pursuit of God in a “likeminded” spirit.
1) Nomination by Faculty in the Theology/Mission Department
2) 3.5 GPA in Religious Studies and/or Theology
3) 3.0 GPA overall (Residency, ranking, and unit requirements must be met)