Loyola University Maryland

Department of History

Phi Alpha Theta

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Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society in History, strives to recognize and encourage excellence in the study of history.

About the Organization

Phi Alpha Theta has more than 800 chapters nationwide and 275,000 members. It has the distinction of having more chapters than any other accredited honor society, and holding one of the earliest memberships in the Association of College Honor Societies. The mission of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history by encouraging research, quality teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.


Publication of The Historian, a quarterly journal of history, and The Newsletter, issued three times yearly; establishment of 9 annual scholarships for student members entering graduate school and those taking advanced graduate work; sponsorship of an annual contest for papers on historical subjects by awarding 6 annual prizes covering both undergraduate and graduate student levels; annual grants of 2 awards of $500 each for the best book in history published by a member, one award for the first such book published and the second award for a subsequent book published by a member; 6 annual awards for the best chapter in each category of college enrollment; an annual publication of the best manuscript in the field of history submitted by a member during the current year; annual regional meetings; two annual grants, each of $1,000, one grant for advanced work by a faculty advisor and one grant for advanced work by a graduate student.


Membership is not restricted to History majors or minors. However, applicants must meet the national requirements for membership: a minimum of 12 credit hours in history (AP credit and HS 101 ARE applicable); a QPA of at least 3.1 in all history courses; a QPA of at least 3.0 in two-thirds of all remaining courses (meaning you can subtract 1/3 of the lowest grades in all non-history courses).

If a student believes he/she meets these requirements, he/she should obtain a copy of his/her transcript from the Records Office and submit it, along with his/her local phone number, to the Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor, Jane Edwards. The moderator verifies that each student has met the criteria and notifies the students regarding their status.

If a student wishes to be inducted into the society, he/she must bring a copy of the student's transcript and a check for $55 (for local and national dues) made out to Jane Edwards to the faculty advisor's office. These are one-time-only dues. If a student wishes, they may also purchase a cord ($10.50) and a sash ($16) which they wear at graduation.

The Induction Ceremony is usually conducted once in the fall and once in the spring semester. However, if the number of fall applicants is small, the ceremony will only be held during the spring semester.

Faculty Advisor

Jane Edwards
Humanities 308