Membership application can found in PDF form in the link below. They are also available on the door of Phi Alpha Theta's Office AL-582, and Professor Penrose's Office Door at AL 565.
Once you have filled out your application please submit directly to Professor Penrose in AL-565(or leave with the office if he is unavailable for his mailbox.) With each application please submit your transcript for G.P.A. approval. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Please also submit a membership fee of $70 by check.
All members of the honor society are inducted through the local Phi Alpha Theta chapter at their respective college or university. Individual memberships sent directly to the National Office are not acceptable and will be returned. Our one-time initiation fee of $60.00 per student is payable at the time of initiation. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of our journal, The Historian. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership. Thereafter, there are no annual dues or fees. Members who wish to continue supporting the honor society may do so by subscribing to The Historian and/or to national newsletter.
Benefits of Membership
As a member of Phi Alpha Theta, you are eligible to apply for the honor society’s awards and scholarships offered each year. Phi Alpha Theta awards scholarships and other prizes on the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level. All student members are eligible to present a paper at our Biennial Convention and at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting in their area. For a detailed listing of our extensive awards program, visit the Prizes/Awards sections of our website.
Even if you don't yet qualify to become a member, you are most welcome to be a participant in our local chapter as you work toward qualifying to become a full-fledged member.
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. A maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirement. Membership is not limited to History majors. A chapter advisor may also require that the student be ranked in the top 35% of their class. The chapter advisor has the discretion of making eligibility requirements for his/her chapter more (but not less) stringent than the national requirement..
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.
Faculty members above the rank of Instructor who teach History automatically qualify. Faculty members pay the same $60 induction fee and receive the same membership privileges. We encourage our Faculty Advisors to invite their fellow faculty to join Phi Alpha Theta.
(Most of the text on this page has been taken from the National Phi Alpha Theta web site, but has been localized for membership requirements, fees, and non-member participation.)