Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta

Group shot of Phi Alpha Theta students

Phi Alpha Theta is the History Honor Society. The purpose of the Society is to promote the study of History through encouragement of research, publication, and discussions of historical topics. The National organization offers scholarships, reviews student research for publication, and provides opportunities for students to present their work at the Annual Convention. At LMU, Phi Alpha Theta members co-organize a range of events, from invited speaker lectures to historical reenactments, through its partner organization, the History Students Association.

Fall 2017 Application Now Open

Deadline: September 29, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduate Membership

All registered LMU students who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for membership. You do not have to be a History major or minor.

  1. History GPA of 3.1 or higher.                                                                                    
  2. Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.                                                                                    
  3. History Courses. Students must have completed and passed 4 History courses, of which only 1 may be an online, transfer, or AP course.
  4. Membership Fee. Lifetime membership is $50 and is due at time of application.

Members receive an official Certificate of Membership and a one-year subscription to The Historian and The News Letter. Membership may be listed on resumes and CVs.

What does Phi Alpha Theta do? Benefits of Membership  
  • Awards over 25 scholarships and prizes annually to members
  • Organizes nationwide conventions each Spring for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty members.
  • Publishes The Historian, a distinguished Historical Quarterly in which members at all levels are invited to publish their research papers and opinion pieces.
  • Publishes The News Letter, which highlights chapter activities, alumni news, and internship/scholarship/job announcements.
  • At LMU, our chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is active in a variety of fun, academic, and career-focused events, such as invited speakers, museum visits, movie nights, and internship/travel/scholarship events. 
  • Membership is nationally recognized and can be listed on Resumes and Curricula Vitae.
  • Eligible to apply to Phi Alpha Theta exclusive awards and scholarships offered each year.
  • Sash of distinction to wear during LMU Commencement. 


Contact Us

Faculty Advisor

Phi Alpha Theta Officers


Sean Dempsey, PhD

History Department

Phone: (310) 258-5403

President: Mario Gallardo

Vice President: Thomas Duncan

Secretary/Treasurer: Marie-Christine Quintana

Phi Alpha Theta

History Department

University Hall, Room 3440