Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta
The National Honor Society in History

A solid academic record, both in the History Department and overall, could make you eligible for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for history. Phi Alpha Theta is among the most prestigious departmental honor societies in America.

Eligibility requirements:

The minimum requirements for undergraduates include 12 hours of History credits, with a GPA of at least 3.1 in history courses and 3.0 overall. Additional considerations for induction include the selection and breadth of courses taken. Ideally, the successful candidate will demonstrate high achievement in courses at various levels and in several subject areas. 

Please note the following:

A one-time fee of $50 (CHECKS made out to Rutgers History Department ONLY) is required for lifetime membership.

At the induction ceremony, you will receive an official certificate validating your membership directly from the Phi Alpha Theta's International Office along with a year's subscription to The Historian, a distinguished historical quarterly. You will then become eligible to apply for prizes, awards, and scholarships available to members only. This distinction will also be noted on your transcript.

To learn more about Phi Alpha Theta, visit

For questions specifically about the RU-N chapter, contact Professor Karen Caplan.