Phi Alpha Theta

Mission Statement

Phi Alpha Theta is the National Honor Society in History.  Its 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. They seek to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by its members in a variety of ways.


In order to become a member of Phi Alpha Theta, undergraduate students must:

  • Complete 12 semester hours in History with a GPA of at least 3.15 in History,HIS Students
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall, and
  • Be in the top 35% of the class.

Graduate Students should:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 semester hours toward their Master’s Degree,
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and
  • Have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master’s Degree.

Membership is not limited to History majors. Those interested in joining may contact the History GA (Contact US) for an application form.

Initiation into the UIS branch of Phi Alpha Theta takes place in the spring, with a recognition event held shortly before graduation.

For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Kosmetatou
Faculty Advisor

Phone: (217) 206-7428
Office: UHB 3052