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Phi Alpha Theta (History)

About the Organization
Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society in History, was organized at Drury University on Dec 11, 1948. Since that time, Phi Alpha Theta has grown to more than 820 chapters in fifty states. It is the largest, in number of chapters, of the accredited honor societies holding membership in the Association of College Honor Societies.

The purpose of Phi Alpha Theta is to acknowledge the dedication of the history students by recognizing them as a part of the honor society at Drury. At the same time we also want to keep the organization open to all students, hence the History Club aspect which has no requirements for membership.

Phi Alpha Theta meets once a month in the Olin Room in the library.

How to Join
A key requirement is a vital interest in History; however, you do not have to be either a History major or minor to join. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 12 credit hours of History with a 3.1 grade point average in those courses and an overall 3.0 in all other course work. Graduate students must have completed of their degree requirements with a 3.5 or above grade point average. The initial cost is $45.00. Of this, $40.00 goes to the National Office to cover a one year subscription to The Historian, FAQ's journal, and individual membership credentials. The remaining $5.00 goes to the Chapter. Renewal of The Historian subscriptions are handled by the National Office. However, whether you renew or not, you will always be a member of Phi Alpha Theta.

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Campus Advisor & Contact
Dan Livesay
Assistant Professor of History
Burnham, Room 308

At a Glance

  • Honorary organization
  • Selective membership
  • First-year students welcome
  • Monthly meetings
  • $45.00 member dues
  • To join, meet the requirements