History Department
History Department

Student Organizations for History Students

Phi Alpha Theta

National Honor Society in History, Beta-Alpha Chapter

What is Phi Alpha Theta?

We are a national professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through:

  • the encouragement of research
  • good teaching
  • publication
  • the exchange of learning and ideas among historians

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

How do I know if I am eligible for Phi Alpha Theta?

Beta-Alpha Chapter requirements for membership are:

  • For undergraduate students: To qualify for induction into the society, undergraduate students must complete 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History. Of these 12 semester hours in History, 6 hours must be earned in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin. A minimum GPA of 3.3 in History and 3.0 GPA overall are required. A student need not be a history major to qualify.
  • 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. 

How can I join?

Students eligible for membership will be contacted by a representative of Phi Alpha Theta with the necessary information to join. (There is no longer an application process.) For questions about eligibility, contact Dr. Lina del Castillo, delcastillo@austin.utexas.edu.

How much are the membership dues?

The membership fee is $40. An additional $20 is required for local chapter dues. Payment of the $60 fee entitles the member to a lifetime membership in Phi Alpha Theta and a one-year subscription to The Historian, a scholarly journal published by the national office of Phi Alpha Theta.