Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta inductees

The Mu Chi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society for History, was founded at Lamar in 1967. 

As noted in Phi Alpha Theta’s 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 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.”

Membership Requirements


Undergraduate students must (1) complete at least 12 semester hours in History (4 courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History, (2) have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, and (3) be in the top 35 percent of the class.  Membership is not limited to History majors.

Graduate students shall (1) complete a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s Degree in History, (2) have a GPA of better than 3.5, and (3) have completed approximately 30 percent of the residence requirements for the Master’s Degree.

Applications for Phi Alpha Theta membership are due in March.

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Phi Alpha Theta initiates