Phi Alpha Theta


PHI ALPHA THETA International Honor Society in History, organized in 1921, currently has 860 chapters in 50 states. Beta Kappa Chapter at San Diego State was formed in 1948. The purpose of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history by encouraging research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of ideas. It seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together both intellectually and socially. 

Membership is open to undergraduates who have completed 12 units in history with a 3.1 GPA and 3.0 GPA overall and rank in the top 35 percent of their class. Graduate students must have completed at least 7 units of graduate work in history with a 3.51 GPA and no grade of F on the graduate record. 

Phi Alpha Theta encourages scholarly interaction through sponsorship of lectures and colloquia, research competitions, and scholarships. Students are encouraged to give papers at local, regional, and national Phi Alpha Theta conferences and at special sessions of professional historical associations such as the American Historical Association and the Western History Association. The society quarterly publishes The Historian as well as a newsletter. 

The chapter advisor is Dr. Edward Beasley, AL 572, [email protected].

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