Phi Alpha Theta


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Phi Alpha Theta is the National Honor Society in History. The purpose of the society is to promote the study of History through the encouragement of research, publication, and the exchange of ideas among intellectuals. For more information, contact Claire Kennedy, the 2015-16 Phi Alpha Theta chapter President.

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. 

Eligibility Requirements for Membership: 

1. Minimum of 4 History courses (Only 1 online/transfer/AP course may be applied).  

2. History GPA of 3.1 or higher.                                                                                     

3. Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.                                                                                     

4. ALL students who meet eligibility requirements may apply.                                       

Phi Alpha Theta Application

The requirements for Phi Alpha Theta membership are as follows: an undergraduate student must have completed at least 12 semester hours (24 credit hours) in history with a grade in all history courses averaging 3.1 or better; must have a 3.0 grade average outside history and must rank in the top 35% of their undergraduate class. You do not need to be an Honors Student to join. Lifetime membership is $45, which entitles the member to a certificate of membership, and a one year subscription to both The Historian and The News Letter. Once membership is received, it may be listed on resumes, or the member can purchase a pin to wear.

Contact Us

Faculty Advisor

Phi Alpha Theta Officers


Margarita R. Ochoa, Ph.D.

History Department

Phone: (310) 568-6649

President: Claire Kennedy

Vice President: Patrick Scheuring

Secretary: Spencer Lontok

Treasurer: Joe Burg

Phi Alpha Theta

History Department

University Hall, Room 3440