Phi Alpha Theta

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Alpha Eta Chi Chapter
The International Honor Society in History

The History and Mission of Phi Alpha Theta
The International Honor Society in History was organized at the University of Arkansas on March 17, 1921. Since that time it has grown to over six hundred and fifty chapters in fifty states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the Philippine Islands. The total number of initiates since the inception of Phi Alpha Theta is more than 270,000.

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

Phi Alpha Theta also offers a variety of awards to encourage students’ love and study of history. These include prizes for undergraduate papers and scholarships for either beginning or advanced graduate students in History.

Alpha Eta Chi Chapter
The Alpha Eta Chi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was organized at Allegheny College in 1996. The Allegheny chapter of this national history honor society encourages its members to learn and practice the methods of the historian. Members often participate in regional conferences, field trips, and other organized learning experiences.

To be eligible for membership in Phi Alpha Theta students must have completed a minimum of 16 credit hours in History (4 history courses), with a GPA of 3.1 or better for all History classes and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better excluding History classes.

Officers for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:

  • President: Elaina Ginsberg
  • Vice President: Cassandra Skweres
  • Treasurer: Carolyn McAndrews
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Roda

For more information about membership and chapter activities contact the Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Angela Keysor
Office: Arter Hall, Room 203
Phone: (814) 332-4309

Visit National Phi Alpha Theta for more information about regional and national conventions, to learn about other chapters, and to purchase jewelry and other items.