Undergraduate Studies

Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society

Phi Alpha ThetaThe Department of History offers induction to the Upsilon-Kappa Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society through one induction ceremony per semester. If you are interested in joining, please see our facutly contact, Dr. Naum Kats, History Undergradate Advisor

Mission Statement

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. They seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

Fact Sheet

  • Established March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas
  • Charter Member of Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)
  • 900+ chapters and over 350,000 members
  • Historian journal published quarterly – circulation: 12,500 members and more than 1,000 libraries
  • 2,500 subscribers to The News Letter (published three times annually)
  • 9,500 initiates (annual average)
  • 35 regional meetings nationwide each spring
  • Over 25 scholarships and prizes awarded annually (doctoral and graduate student scholarships, undergraduate student scholarship, paper prizes, book awards, manuscript award, best chapter awards, student history journal awards, world history award, etc.)
  • Undergraduate membership qualifications (Graduate students and faculty have separate requirements)
  • At least 3.1 minimum GPA in 12 or more credit hours of history
  • At least 3.0 minimum overall GPA
  • Membership open to non-history majors