Phi Alpha Theta is an international honor society in History organized at the University of Arkansas in 1921. It now has almost five-hundred chapters with more than 80,000 initiates since organization. The Department of History of the University of Oklahoma maintains Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and encourages its majors to join.
To be a member a student must have an overall grade point average of 3.0. Cost for Phi Alpha Theta membership is $45.00 which covers a one year subscription to The Historian, one year chapter dues, and a lifetime membership. Various chapter activities including monthly brown bag luncheons featuring informal talks by History Department faculty and the annual Phi Alpha Theta awards banquet, are held each year.
The membership of Phi Alpha Theta is composed of students and professors who have been elected to membership upon the basis of excellence in the study of History. It is highly democratic. Any student of History may become a member simply by maintaining a high standard of work in his/her studies. All members participate in the work and in the direction of the society.
Phi Alpha Theta is also a professional society, designed to promote the study of History through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and thought among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of History together both intellectually and socially, and it encourages and assists, in a variety of ways, historical research and publication among its members.