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 minimum GPA of 3.1 in history courses and a 3.0 GPA overall.
In the spring semester, the records office provides the history department a list of all students who have met the eligibility requirements. The eligible students will receive an email inviting them to join the honor society. Students are instructed to bring a check to cover the national and local dues to the history office.
The Induction Ceremony is occurs once in the spring semester; students may participate in the ceremony only in the year they are inducted. Prior to graduation, cords and or sashes to be worn at graduation can be purchased in the history office.