Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha ThetaPhi Alpha Theta is an international history honor society that offers select membership to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.  Phi Alpha Theta is dedicated to the professional, educational, and personal development of its members through promoting and providing intellectual and social activities for individuals with a common interest in history.

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Phi Alpha Theta Mission Statement

"We are a professional society whose 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.  We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways." 


Requirements for Membership

Undergraduate Students

  • Completion of at least twelve (12) hours of history credit with a GPA of 3.1 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Initial membership fee of forty dollars (lifetime membership in the organization)
  • Optional fee of fifteen dollars for an honor cord to be worn at graduation.

Graduate Students

  • Completion of twelve (12) semester hours towards their Master's Degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher


  • Rank above Instructor
  • Teach history


For additional information, contact Dr. Charles Beem (charles.beem@uncp.edu) of the UNCP History Department in 205 Dial Humanities Building.

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Recent/Upcoming Events

  • April 5, 2014 — This year the Carolinas Regional PAT Conference will be held at Elizabeth City State University.
  • March 24, 2012— The 2012 Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Regional Conference was held at Queens College in Charlotte, NC.
  • April 9, 2011 — Francis Marion University hosted the 2011 Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Regional Conference.
  • April 10, 2010 —The 2010 Phi Alpha Theta regional conference was hosted by Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. UNCP's Brandon Akins wrote a paper that was scheduled for the conference but was unable to deliver it due to a family emergency.
  • March 28, 2009 — Appalachian State University held the Phi Alpha Theta regional meeting in Boone, NC.
  • March 29, 2008 — UNC Pembroke hosted the Phi Alpha Theta regional meeting for the Carolinas.
  • April 7, 2007 — The regional Phi Alpha Theta meeting was hosted by Wingate University. UNCP's Ben Secrist delivered a paper, his third in three years.