Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

SeattlePhi Alpha Theta is an international history honor society. The Tau Epsilon chapter at CSUDH promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

Benefits of Joining Phi Alpha Theta

  • Certificate of membership in Phi Alpha Theta (suitable for framing)
  • Subscription to the Phi Alpha Theta magazine
  • Ability to participate in history activities nationwide, including conferences where you may present your research
  • Opportunity to wear special graduation ornamentation (available through Phi Alpha Theta's website)
  • Your honors society membership will appear on your CSUDH transcript
  • Add this membership to your resume and reference it when applying to graduate programs
  • A one-time fee provides lifetime membership
  • Formal induction of 2009-2010 new members at the History Banquet in May.
  • Meetings for members to begin March 2010.

Membership Requirements

  • 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. Eligible candidates must also be in the top 35% of their class.
  • Provide grade transcripts for verification (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Pay a one-time membership fee of $40 when you apply

Contact Info

If you are interested in joining or if you have questions, contact one the Phi Alpha Theta advisor below. See the Faculty page for her current office hour information.

Find out more about Phi Alpha Theta at its national website:

P.A.T. News

Greetings History Majors and Minors

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.

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. Eligible candidates must also be in the top 35% of their class.

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.

Southern California Regional Conference 2012: Phi Alpha Theta invites all members of the organization to present a paper at the Southern California Regional Conference 2012. Hosted Saturday, April 14, 2012 by the Theta-Pi Chapter at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). All undergraduate and graduate students in History, as well as alumni, may submit and present papers at this conference. However, only Phi Alpha Theta members are eligible for awards; awards will be given for the best undergraduate and graduate papers.

Additionally, Tau Epsilon, our chapter at CSUDH, hosts a social for members each semester, attends local conferences, and hosts speakers on campus. We invite you to join today. Membership is $60 for a lifetime membership, a one-year subscription to The Historian, and a Phi Alpha Theta honor's sash.

Our first field trip of the semester will be on February 3, 2012 to the UCLA Thinking Gender Conference.  Thinking Gender is a public conference highlighting graduate student research on women, sexuality and gender across all disciplines and historical periods.

Contact information
Laura Talamante 310.243.3451

Students Give Presentations at Phi Alpha Theta 2010 Biennial Convention

Students Give Presentations at Phi Alpha ThetaFive CSUDH Phi Alpha Theta History Honors' Society students presented their research this January at the P.A.T. Biennial Convention in San Diego: Mayra Avila, Jennifer Hellman, Gloria Lopez, Holly Ownby, and Chantal Walker. Graduating history major, Amber Dill, also attended to support her classmates, and has since become of a member of P.A.T. Dr. Laura Talamante attended the San Diego convention as the advisor for the CSUDH Phi Alpha Theta students. Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director, Graydon A. (Jack) Tunstall, Jr. University of South Florida remarked on the strong turnout from our campus: "It's great to see your chapter will be so well represented!"

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Jennifer Hellman presented, "Fallen Women, Unadjusted Girls and Sex Workers: The Changing Discourse of Prostitution in Twentieth-Century America." Holly Ownby presented, "The Directory and Democracy of the French Revolution." Each panel consisted of three presenters and a commentator. Holly Ownby received feedback on her presentation from the national Vice-President of Phi Alpha Theta, Sandra Horvath-Peterson, Georgetown University. Gloria Lopez presented, "A Battle through History: The Debate of Napoleon's Legacy in Historiography." It was standing room only for Gloria Lopez' panel! Chantal Walker presented, "Awakening the Female Renaissance Voice through Giovanni Boccaccio," and Mayra Avila presented, "Las Voces Mexicana: Oral Histories of the Bracero Program." Mayra Avila presented alongside graduate students, and like the rest of our presenters, demonstrated her confidence and skill in historical research and analysis.