Honor Society & Awards

Theta Alpha Kappa (national honor society)

Theta Alpha Kappa (QAK) is the only national honor society for religion and/or theological studies at both the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels. Its purpose is to honor excellence in academics—a goal the College is proud to promote. Our chapter moderator is Dr. Caneday. This year Theta Alpha Kappa gave a $100 award to a deserving Northwestern student: Alexander Pierce!

We offer an invitation for membership in QAK to students who have:

  • completed at least three semesters at University of Northwestern
  • completed a minimum of twelve semester credits in religious studies/theological studies
  • attained a grade point average of at least 3.5 (B+) in such courses
  • attained at least a 3.0 grade point average (B) in their total academic program
  • been ranked in at least the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship


Ancient & Classical Languages Award
In 2000, the department created an annual Ancient & Classical Languages award to honor an advanced language student. The winner receives a gift, a certificate, and the recognition of having his/her name engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed in Nazareth Hall (N3226).

This year's winner is Benjamin Gross!

Zondervan Greek and Hebrew Awards
With the intent of inspiring students in their studies, Zondervan Publishing House initiated annual award programs to recognize outstanding achievement in the study of biblical Greek and biblical Hebrew. University of Northwestern has entered into a participation agreement with Zondervan, according to which the Department of Biblical & Theological Studies establishes selection criteria and the college presents these awards at the yearly Honors Convocation chapel.

Winners receive a Zondervan product, a commemorative medal, and the recognition of having his/her name engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed in the Berntsen Library.

This year's winner is Fredrick Seaman (Greek)! (Hebrew was not offered in 2011-12.)

View winners from previous years.