Phi Alpha Theta was first organized at the University of Arkansas in 1921 and is the national honor society in history. Since then Phi Alpha Theta has grown to more than eight hundred chapters. Here at the University of North Carolina Asheville the Department of History is the Phi-Theta chapter that was esthablished November 22, 1974.
The Phi Theta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is a professional organization whose purpose is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together both intellectually and socially, and encourages and assists its member’s historical research and publication in a variety of ways.
What does Phi Alpha Theta do?
• The national organization of Phi Alpha Theta publishes a scholarly magazine, The Historian
• Holds national Biennial Convention, where students and professors meet to exchange ideas and research papers.
• Members can take part in regional meetings of Phi Alpha Theta.
• In addition to UNC Asheville Phi Alpha Theta Award the Phi Alpha Theta awards undergraduate scholarship to help students pursue their studies in history.