What is Phi Alpha Theta ?

Phi Alpha Theta was founded at the University of Arkansas on March 17, 1921 by N. Andrew N. Cleven.

It has grown to encompass more than 800 chapters in 50 states, more chapters than any other accredited honor society.

P.A.T. (Phi Alpha Theta) is a professional society with a mission "to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians."

We seek to "bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by members in a variety of ways."

How to join Phi Alpha Theta

It' s easy to join!

There are a few academic requirements and a one-time fee to establish your membership in this prestigious society.

Undergraduate requirements:

Completed at least 12 hours in history (4 courses)

A history G.P.A. of at least 3.1

An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0

Membership is not limited to history majors

Graduate requirements:

Completed a minimum of 12 hours toward their Master's Degree

G.P.A. of at least 3.0


Faculty Membership

Faculty members above the rank of Instructor who teach History qualify automatically, pay the same fees, and receive the same privileges as student members.

Interested? There are a couple of ways to join!

1. Fill out the form and leave it with Dr. Schnell or any officer along with a check made out to Phi Alpha Theta.

2. Contact Dr. Schnell or any officer for a form.

Advantages of Membership

Biennial conventions for undergraduate, graduate students, and faculty members.

Members at all levels are encouraged to submit papers.

Special programs at the national meetings of large historical organizations.

Historical quarterly, The Historian, in which all members are welcome to publish scholarly works.

The News Letter, which covers the activities of and provides information about P.A.T.

Membership guarantees a starting level of GS-5 to GS-7 with the U.S. Civil Service Commission. The pride of being in a prestigious honor society.

*In addition to these benefits, see the scholarships on the miscellaneous page*


28 January 2015 10:19 pm