PHI ALPHA THETA
Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.
Phi Alpha Theta was established on March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas by Professor Nels Cleven. Cleven had become convinced in his time at the university that a fraternity of scholars (which would accept men or women) was important for the study of history. He invited students to a meeting to form the society (then called the “University Historical Society”) on March 14, and the society was officially recognized on the 17th. In April, the decision was made for the society to be known by the Greek letters Phi Alpha Theta.
ALPHA MU ALPHA, the Eastern Connecticut State University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was chartered on May 10, 2005. Each spring semester, usually in February, qualified students are invited to join. An induction ceremony, followed by dinner, takes place in April.
A one-time initiation fee of $55.00 per student is payable prior to the induction ceremony. This fee includes a membership certificate, honor cords in the Phi Alpha Theta colors of blue and red to be worn at Commencement, and four issues of the journal, The Historian. All students who join the honor society are granted lifetime membership, with no annual dues.
Junior or Senior class standing
Overall GPA 3.5 or higher
At least 15 credits in History completed
At least 12 credits in History completed at Eastern
GPA in History classes 3.5 or higher
Members of Phi Alpha Theta are eligible to apply for the honor society’s awards and scholarships offered each year. Phi Alpha Theta awards scholarships and other prizes on the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level. All student members are eligible to present a paper at the Biennial Convention and at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting in their area. For a detailed listing of the extensive awards program, visit the Prizes/Awards sections of phialphatheta.org.