Phi Alpha Theta


Phi Alpha Theta is the National Honor Society for history. It was founded in 1921, and today has more than 850 chapters all around the country. Its thousands of members include undergraduates, graduate students, professors and former history students in all walks of life.


Undergraduate students must have completed at least 15 semester hours in history with an average grade of 3.2. Graduate students in their first year at AU are eligible on the assumption that their undergraduate record meets AU's undergraduate requirements. Graduate students in their second year or beyond are eligible if their graduate GPA is 3.5 or better.

Major Activities

Publication of The Historian, a quarterly journal of history, a Newsletter issued three times yearly; establishment of nine annual scholarships covering student members entering graduate school and those taking advanced graduate work; sponsorship of an annual contest for papers on historical subjects by awarding six annual prizes covering both undergraduate and graduate student levels; annual grants of two awards of $500 each for the best book in history published by a member, one award for the first such book published and the second award for a subsequent book published by a member; six annual awards for the best chapter in each category of college enrollment; an annual publication of the best manuscript in the field of history submitted by a member during the current year; annual regional meetings; two annual grants, each of $1,000, one grant for advanced work by a faculty advisor and one grant for advanced work by a graduate student.


Initiation into Phi Alpha Theta is conferred for life and entitles the member to participate in local, regional and national programs. The initiation fee ($60.00) payable to Phi Alpha Theta, American University) also includes a year's subscription to The Historian.

National Office

For more information about Phi Alpha Theta, visit the web site of the National Headquarters, or contact:

Dr. Graydon A. Tunstall, Jr., Executive Director
Univ. of South Florida, SOC 107
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620.

Tele: (800)394-8195.
Fax: (813)974-8215.