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Young Harris College Students Inducted Into Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Department of Religion and Philosophy at Young Harris College recently inducted its first cohort of students into the Alpha Lambda Sigma chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society. A small ceremony was held in the Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus on Feb 21.

Theta Alpha Kappa is a national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of religious studies and theology. Inductees must have a 3.5 grade point average in religious studies courses and a 3.0 overall grade point average.

Inductees included senior religious studies majors Seth Black, of Beaufort, S.C., and Jakob Elliot, of Hayesville, N.C., senior psychology majors Morgan Clark, of McCayesville, Ga., Cody Mashburn, of East Ellijay, Ga., and Sara Freeman, of Canon, Ga., senior history major Anderson Moss, of Warner Robbins, Ga., senior biology major Samantha Jones, of Rome, Ga., junior history major Courtney Huskins, of Acworth, Ga., junior theatre major Hannah Johnson, of Marietta, Ga., junior religious studies major Trey Rogers, of Hayesville, N.C., and junior communication studies major Allie Weldon, of Athens, Ga.

“We are proud of this group of excellent religious studies student-scholars,” said Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Department Chair Dr. Eric Dickman. “We are happy to recognize their achievements with this honors award.”

The mission of the religious studies program is to prepare students for activist and service professions or for pursuit of advanced degrees in the human sciences by educating them in religious literacy, respect for cultural diversity, ethical awareness and critical interpretive skills.

Theater group posing for photo

Twelve Young Harris College students were recently inducted as the first cohort of students into the Alpha Lambda Sigma chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society during a special ceremony held on the YHC campus. 

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit