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Phi Alpha Theta

Welcome to the Phi Alpha Theta Beta Iota Chapter

Phi Alpha Theta is the History Honor Society of over 350,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professors of history nationwide. Our mission is to promote the study of history through encouraging research, teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.


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Reasons to join Phi Alpha Theta

Benefits for BYU

  • Be eligible to compete for scholarships and paper prizes.
  • A year's subscription to The Historian, a distinguished quarterly journal, with your membership fee.
  • Opportunities to help edit The Thetean, our chapter's student research journal.
  • Submit your best paper for possible publication in The Thetean.
  • Enjoy social activities with history students and professors.
  • Field trips to historic sites and archives in Utah.
  • Get on the program at history conferences and national meetings.
  • Meet other Utah college students at the spring regional conference.
  • Add membership in the society to your resume.
  • Opportunities to get involved in your history department.

National Benefits

  • Lifetime membership
  • Eligible for National Scholarships and Awards
  • One year subscription to The Historian, a distinguished quarterly journal
  • Present research at both the regional and national levels
  • Looks great on a resume!

How to Join National Phi Alpha Theta


  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in History.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and 3.0 GPA overall are required.
  • A student does not need to be a history major to apply.


  1. Click on the “Apply” button below to fill out an application. It will be submitted to the History Department. Applications are reviewed annually during Winter semester prior to the April induction ceremony.
  2. If you are accepted, you will be notified by the History Department and will be sent a link to pay the $20 fee online. The History Department will pay the remaining $30 for your Lifetime National Phi Alpha Theta membership.