Phi Alpha Theta: The National History Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, was founded in 1921. Since that date the society has initiated more than 350,000 members in 860 chapters in all 50 states of the United States, as well as in Canada, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico. The Pi Gamma chapter at Northeastern Illinois University, chartered in 1970, sponsors talks on campus by distinguished scholars, and a workshop on career opportunities for history majors. Members may also participate in both the regional conferences and the biennial meeting of the national society. Members pay a one-time initiation fee of $50.00. This fee pays for the first year’s subscription to the Historian, a scholarly journal published quarterly by the Society. New members will also receive an initiation certificate and a membership card. Northeastern’s chapter holds an annual initiation reception each April to celebrate new members.

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduates must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in history, and at least 48 college credit hours overall. They must have a grade point average of 3.2 in history courses, and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Graduates must have completed at least one third of the requirements for the master’s degree, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.

For more information and an application, please contact Professor Mateo Farzaneh at or (773) 442-5630. The National History Honor Society website can also provide more information.

The American Historical Association

“The Professional Association for all Historians” is the largest organization of historians in the United States. The American Historical Association (AHA) website offers a variety of professional resources for students, teachers, and professional historians.