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The international honor society in history, Phi Alpha Theta, brings students, teachers, and writers of history together both intellectually and socially; and it encourages and assists research and publication by its members. Membership opens up fellowship opportunities, and also publication opportunities in  The Historian, the society's journal.

Phi Alpha Theta was organized at the University of Arkansas on March 17, 1921. Since that time, it has grown to more than 740 chapters in 50 states and has more chapters than any other accredited honor society in the world. The number of initiates since inception totals more than 200,000.

Students who have completed 12 hours of history with good grades are eligible for membership.


• Be a history major or minor
• Have 12 credits in history courses (transfers count)
• Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
• Have a 3.1 GPA in history

Each semester there is an informational meeting. At this meeting you can fill out an application and pay a one-time $40 fee for lifetime membership in the national organization, plus $20 annual dues to the local chapter. Checks may be made out to either Phi Alpha Theta or Wilbur R. Miller (faculty advisor and treasurer). Please bring an unofficial transcript (you can get this from SOLAR).


• Our biggest event is building a boat for the Roth Pond Regatta; we placed second in 2003
• We sponsor a book sale each semester
• We always have an end-of-the-year dinner
• We conduct field trips to places such as Ellis Island, Old Bethpage Village, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
• We do have some academic activities, especially helping to organize and participate in the annual URECA Celebration on campus

Faculty advisor:  Wilbur R. Miller, SBS S-325


What Does the Undergraduate History Club Do?

  • Help build a community of history students (majors, minors, and interested non-majors).
  • Hold social events such as film screenings, parties, and games/trivia.
  • Organize professional development workshops on topics could such as research methods, getting into grad school, and things you can do with a history degree.
  • Connect with local historical institutions about internships, jobs, or volunteer opportunities.
  • Organize group trips to museums and historical sites on Long Island and NYC. 
  • Organize study groups and peer tutoring or mentoring. 
  • Showcase student research within and beyond the history department. 
  • Hold public events, lecture, or debates on interesting topics.

Faculty advisor: Donna Rilling, SBS S-311


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