Honor Societies - Undergraduate Students
The Department of Theology and Philosophy sponsors two honor societies which qualified students are encouraged to attend: Theta Alpha Kappa and Phi Sigma Tau.
Theta Alpha Kappa
Theta Alpha Kappa is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Theta Alpha Kappa was admitted to ACHS in 1985. A national honor society in theology, Theta Alpha Kappa promotes excellence and scholarship in the fields of religious studies and religious education. It is open to persons of all faiths. Members are encouraged to provide scholarly lectures and contribute articles for national publication.
Sr. Gloria Schaab, SSJ, PhD, serves as faculty advisor for Barry's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa. Barry's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, along with Phi Sigma Tau, regularly presents debates on current issues.
Phi Sigma Tau
Barry University has an active chapter of Phi Sigma Tau. The chapter, along with Theta Alpha Kappa, regularly presents debates on current issues. Members of the chapter also recently argued for more inclusivity within the Society, drafting a letter to the national office calling for a change in the induction ceremony wording; the ceremony currently alludes to "streams of world thought" without mentioning aboriginal traditions, much of which is philosophically significant.
Phi Sigma Tau has been a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) since 1958. A national honor society in philosophy, Phi Sigma Tau encourages the highest ideals of academic excellence through presentation of papers and debates on philosophical issues. Undergraduate students are eligible for membership after they have completed three semesters of class work.
Dr. Michael McKeon serves as faculty advisor for Barry’s chapter of Phi Sigma Tau. Barry’s chapter of Phi Sigma, along with Theta Alpha Kappa, regularly presents debates on current issues.