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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Phi Alpha Theta

What is Phi Alpha Theta?

phialpha_logo Phi Alpha Theta is a professional academic honor society for students interested in the study of history. The organization dates to 1921 and was founded at the University of Arkansas. Today there are 820 active chapters across the United States.

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To promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek 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.

What are the qualifications for membership?

Students are invited to join Phi Alpha Theta at the beginning of the spring semester. To become a member, a student must meet the following requirements:

National Requirements:

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.
  • Eligible candidates must be in the top 35% of their class.
  • Students enrolled in an online program are not eligible. - Membership is not limited to History majors.

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.
  • Have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master's Degree.

Additional CSU Requirements :

  • Must have 3.3 GPA in 15 or more hours of history courses.
  • Must have at least a 3.2 minimum overall GPA.
  • If a transfer student, a minimum of 9 hours of the 15 hours in history must be completed at CSU.

Students who meet these requirements will be contacted by the Chapter and invited to join the organization. Those who choose to join will be honored at the Annual Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony.

Chapter Information

Chapter Name:

Chapter Faculty Advisor:
Dr. John Ellisor

2017 Inductees

2017 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees
(L-R) Malynda Skyler Corbin, Shayna Mechelle Hayworth, Cailee S. Davis, Samuel J. Desrosier, Erica Leigh Mehl, Dr. Ellisor (Faculty Advisor)

Not Present:  Chris Beerman (Graduate Student), Alexander Matthew Geronzin 

Previous Initiates