Phi Alpha Theta

Mission Statement

The Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society (ΦΑΘ) membership drive for 2020 is now open. Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of History through encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Membership is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

UIS’s Alpha Zeta Iota (AZI) chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was founded in 1992 under the direction of now Professor Emerita Deborah Kuhn McGregor and has been very active. We at the History Department take pride in our student members who have presented papers over the years at several regional and national conferences and have distinguished themselves as historians. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime one. There is no annual fee to maintain it but only a one-time $50 initiation fee per student that is payable at the time of the initiation. Upon graduation, student members receive a cord.


Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s Degree in History, have a GPA of better than 3.5, and shall have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master’s Degree.

To apply for membership to Phi Alpha Theta, please fill out the Phi Alpha Theta Membership Application, then return it to the Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor with a check for $50 made out to Phi Alpha Theta. Once the society has received your application and application fee, they will process it and send us your membership certificate that we will mail to you.

Applications should be mailed to:

Professor Elizabeth Kosmetatou
Department of History
University of Illinois – Springfield
3052 University Hall Building (UHB)
One University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703

You can find information about Phi Alpha Theta and its activities on the Phi Alpha Theta website