Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta

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Phi Alpha Theta is an international honor society in History, organized 17 March 1921. Since that time it has grown to over eight hundred chapters in the US with more than a quarter million initiates-- more than any other collegiate honor society.

Phi Alpha Theta is composed of students and professors who have been selected on the basis of excellence in the study and writing of History. At the same time, Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose objective is promoting the study of History through research, teaching, and the exchange of learning among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of History together. Phi Alpha Theta encourages and assists historical research as well as publication by its members.

Rho Alpha Chapter was established at William Paterson in 1968. Since that time, its members have been involved in all aspects of university affairs.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Bone, Faculty Advisor. Professor Bone's office is Atrium 209, telephone 973/720-2284, email

Undergraduate Requirements for Membership

At least 12 Credits (four courses) of History. A maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credit (i.e. one course) may be applied to the membership eligibility requirement. One UCC Ways of Knowing - Historical Perspectives course may be counted since these are taught by the History Department. Membership is not limited to History majors.

A minimum overall GPA of 3.0

A minimum History GPA of 3.1

Two faculty references (signatures on the application), including at least one from a History Department faculty member.

A one-time initiation fee of $50. Make checks payable to "Phi Alpha Theta."

Membership benefits include a subscription to the organization's quarterly journal "The Historian: A Journal of History." The Society also sponsors scholarships and writing contests for its members, regional and national conventions that serve the exchange and presentation of research, and a wide variety of activities that promote History.

Graduate Requirements for Membership

Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s Degree in History and have a GPA of better than 3.5.