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Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is the international honor society for students of history. Founded at the University of Arkansas in 1921, the organization has since grown to more than 740 chapters in fifty states. Since its inception, the number of initiates has risen above 200,000.

To become a member of Phi Alpha Theta undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in History (4 courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History and have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. A maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, AP or IB credits can be applied to the membership requirement. Membership is not limited to History majors.

Phi Alpha Theta encourages its members to learn and practice the methods of the historian. To that end, student members often choose to participate in regional conferences where they present papers and discuss ideas.

At Syracuse University, Phi Alpha Theta also functions as the "History Club," and organizes many informative and interesting programs for the university community. Students who do not meet the requirements for membership in Phi Alpha Theta are highly encouraged to participate in club activities. 

To learn more about Phi Alpha Theta and/or to secure an application form, please visit the National website. (For an Application Form – Click FACULTY ADVISORS, then MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION).

Students should bring the completed application form, along with a $50 check made out to Syracuse University, to the Department of History, 145 Eggers Hall, by March 1, 2022.

Syracuse University’s chapter advisor is Professor Osamah Khalil. Professor Khalil can be reached by email at


Phi Alpha Theta chapter co-advisors, Asst. Professor Jeffrey Gonda and Asst. Professor Radha Kumar, presented certificates to History’s honor society inductees and sashes to graduating seniors at the Undergraduate Awards Luncheon, held on April 29, 2015.

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