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.


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

This year's Phi Alpha Theta Tennessee Regional Conference was held at Tennessee Technology University on February 22, 2014. Matthew Holder won third place for best undergraduate paper with his presentation "'T' is a nice art, as much intellectual as moral": The Moral Imperative of Historical Study." Elaura Highfield won first place for best graduate student paper with her presentation "John Hope Franklin, African American Historical Scholarship, and African American History as Cultural Property."

Grad students Awards

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,

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