2016 Biennial Convention in Orlando

Four students, (from left to right) Justin Wetenhall, Ashley Bower, Tyler Legato, and Karlee Ringle, attended the 2016 PAT Biennial Covention in Orlando Florida. All of them presented papers on panels for the conference. 

Phi Alpha Theta

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Christopher Molnar
260 French Hall

National Headquarters

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SOC107
Tampa, Florida 33620-8100

Phone: 1-(800) 394-8195

Jochen Burgtoft, California State University 

Vice President:
Clayton J. Dress, Virginia Wesleyan College

Executive Director:
Graydon A. (Jack) Tunstall, Jr., University of South Florida

Advisory Board Chair
Stephen D. Carls, Union University


2020 Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony

Date: Monday, April 6, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Michigan Rooms C-D, 1st Floor of the Harding Mott University Center (UCEN)

RSVP required. This event is only open to the inductees and their guests.

Dress attire: Business casual.

Honor Cords for Graduation will be provided to this year's inductees.

Application to the society must be made in person no later than Friday, March 13, 2020 at the History Department, 220 French Hall.  There is an initiation fee of $50.00 for a lifetime membership.  Please deliver a check or money order made payable to “University of Michigan-Flint” (cash not accepted) to Audrey Beauchesne or Mark Pyland, Department Administrative Assistants.  In addition, you will receive The Newsletter and a year's subscription to The Historian, a quarterly publication.


Mission Statement

We are 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. We seek to bring students, teachers and writer of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

All members of the honor society are inducted through the local Phi Alpha Theta chapter at their respective college or university. Individual memberships sent directly to the National Office are not acceptable and will be returned. Our one-time initiation fee of $40.00 per student is payable at the time of initiation. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of our journal, The Historian. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership. Each chapter, however, may levy whatever dues or fees it deems necessary to promote its own local activities. Thereafter, there are no annual dues or fees. Members who wish to continue supporting the honor society may do so by subscribing to The Historian and/or to our newsletter.

Membership Requirments

Undergraduate Students:
Undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in History (4 courses) with a GPA of at 3.1 in History, have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall, and be in the top 35% of the class.

Membership is not limited to History majors.

Graduate Students:
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, and shall have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master's Degree.

Facutly Members:
Faculty members above the rank of Instructor who teach History automatically qualify, pay the same induction fee, and receive the same membership privileges.


PAT Fact Sheet

Established March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas

Charter Member of Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)

860 chapters and over 350,000 members

Historian journal published quarterly - circulation: 12,500 members and more than 1,000 libraries

2,500 subscribers to The News Letter (published three times annually)

9,500 initiates (annual average)

35 regional meetings nationwide each spring

Over 25 scholarships and prizes awarded annually (doctoral and graduate student scholarships, undergraduate student scholarship, paper prizes, book awards, manuscript award, best chapter awards, student history journal awards, world history award, etc.)

Membership qualifications (undergraduate)*
At least 3.1 minimum GPA in 12 or more credit hours of history
At least 3.0 minimum overall GPA
When class rank is available, should be in upper 35% of class
Membership open to non-history majors

*Graduate students and faculty members have separate requirements