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 by invitation only and 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 fifteen years.