Phi Alpha Theta

Established in 1921 at the University of Arkansas, Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an honor society for undergraduate, graduate students, and professors in history. Currently there are over 860 local chapters and 350,000 members.

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.

Membership Requirements:

Undergraduate students

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. Only 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirement. Membership is not limited to History majors.

Graduate students

Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master's Degree in History, have a GPA of better than 3.5, and shall have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master's Degree.

2015 Initiates

Rashid Abdus-Salaam
Taylor A. Ball
Ashley N. Bouknight (graduate student)
Ola Bradford
Toni Q. Butler-Click
Orion Jo Douglas
Heather Faulkner
J. Ethan Holden
Kelsey Dawn Lamkin
David A. Thayer
Jeffrey Blake Wreyford
Amanda Womack
Shaun York


Field Trip to the Frist Museum

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Regional conferences are held annually and national conferences are held biannually.

This year's Phi Alpha Theta Tennessee Regional Conference was held at Austin Peay State University on February 28, 2015. Brad Miller won the graduate paper prize for his paper "Built for the Living: African American Funeral Homes across Tennessee, 1880's-1960's."

PAT Grad paper award pat conference

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These conferences are good places to meet other history students and exchange ideas. Students who are interested in presenting papers at these conferences are encouraged to contact the Faculty advisor.

Links and Contacts

MTSU Faculty advisor: Yüan-ling Chao,

Link to Phi Alpha Theta: