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.
Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Only 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirement. Membership is not limited to History majors.
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.
Regional conferences are held annually and national conferences are held biannually.
This year's Phi Alpha Theta Tennessee Regional Conference was held at Tennessee Technology University on February 22, 2014. Matthew Holder won third place for best undergraduate paper with his presentation "'T' is a nice art, as much intellectual as moral": The Moral Imperative of Historical Study." Elaura Highfield won first place for best graduate student paper with her presentation "John Hope Franklin, African American Historical Scholarship, and African American History as Cultural Property."
These conferences are good places to meet other history students and exchange ideas. Students who are interested in presenting papers at these conferences are encouraged to contact the Faculty advisor.
Links and Contacts
MTSU Faculty advisor: Yüan-ling Chao, firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Phi Alpha Theta: http://phialphatheta.org