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Phi Alpha Theta


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. The society seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges. Phi Alpha Theta also publishes The Historian, a journal for graduate and undergraduate articles, as well as book reviews from professional scholars.

At The University of Idaho

Pi-Theta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society was established at the University of Idaho in 1970. The chapter, with approximately 800 student and faculty members, has been awarded two "Best Chapter" awards. Membership is based on grade point average. The initiation of new members occurs once a year in the spring.

In addition, the chapter attends the annual Northwestern Regional Conference, where each attending student presents a 20 minute research paper. Awards are given for best undergraduate paper, best graduate paper and best overall paper. The student with the best overall paper is chosen to attend the annual Phi Alpha Theta West Coast branch conference and present her/his paper there. University of Idaho students have won this honor twice in the past 15 years.

Membership Requirements

The UI chapter of the national honor society is managed entirely by the students, and welcomes undergraduate and graduate students into its roster. If a student meets the membership requirements and has paid the initiation fee of $40, that student is a member for life. Members are presented with their membership certificates at the students’ fall initiation dinner; some students receive theirs at the spring banquet if they join later in the year.

  • Undergraduates must have a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in history, achieve a minimum 3.1 GPA in history and a 3.0 or better GPA overall.
  • Graduates should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours toward their master’s degree in history, have a GPA of better than 3.5, and shall have completed approximately 30 percent of the residence requirements for the master’s degree

For more information, visit the Phi Alpha Theta requirements page or contact UI's Phi Alpha Theta advisor, Professor Ellen Kittell.


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315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: (208) 885-6253

Fax: (208) 885-5221


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