Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for students in the field of history, with 860 chapters on college and university campuses across the nation. Membership is a mark of intellectual accomplishment and commitment, and brings with it participation in local, regional, and national Phi Alpha Theta events.
Membership is also fun! Phi Alpha Theta sponsors events on campus, like the annual 1950s Educational Film screenings, and local outings, like walking tours of the city of Buffalo. Phi Alpha Theta students also have the opportunity to present their research at an annual regional conference.
Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. A maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirements.
Graduate students pursuing a Master’s degree are also invited to apply. MA students must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit toward the M.A. with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and have completed 30% of his/her residency requirement for the degree. As a practical matter, that means first-year students can be formally inducted after their first semester grades are in.
The society seeks to promote the study of history and communication among students and professors through the sponsorship of conferences and the publication of a journal, The Historian.
Applications may be made at Park 540 any time in the fall semester before November 1; graduating members will be recognized at the department’s graduation and awards ceremony in May.