A casual Phi Alpha Theta photo in May 2022, after new student inductions (Xavier Hall)

Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society

About PAT

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 400,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters. We are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

Membership Benefits

All members of the honor society are inducted through the local Phi Alpha Theta chapter at their respective college or university. The procedure at PLU is to email Prof. Gina Hames (History Chair), who will collect the necessary information and send in your application. Students are welcome to ask Dr. Hames or current co-presidents Coley Query and Jenna Labyak questions about the process.

A one-time initiation fee of $50.00 per student is collected at the time of application, which may be paid via cash, check, or Venmo. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of our journal, The Historian. Students also receive honor cords for the PLU commencement ceremony. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership, and students can use the honor for fellowship opportunities, resumes, and networking within the national Phi Alpha Theta community.

Membership Requirements

  • Minimum of 12 credit hours in History (a maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be counted).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall.
  • Membership is not limited to History majors and often includes History minors and other students who have taken an interest in historical study during their college years.

If you are interested in joining PAT or would like more information, please contact one of our PAT faculty advisors, Dr. Gina Hames or Dr. Mike Halvorson, or our student co-leaders, Coley Query and Jenna Labyak.

2021-2022 Events

  • On Sept. 25, 2021, PAT joined History majors & friends on a hike near Longmire at Mt. Rainier.
  • On Nov. 3, 2021, PAT members attended the 2021 Benson Summer Research Fellow presentations from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in Xavier 250.
  • On March 10, 2022 (7:00 p.m.), PAT members will join the PLU community in attending the Dale E. Benson lecture in Business and Economic History, held as part of the bi-annual Wang Center Symposium. Our guest lecturer will be Justin Spelhaug, Vice President of Microsoft, who will speak on the topic of technology for social good.
  • On May 4, 2022, we had a PAT induction ceremony in Xavier Hall and welcomed new members.

Click here to see the membership application form. When you are ready to sign up, please contact Dr. Gina Hames in the Dept. of History.