Phi Alpha Theta at OU is an undergraduate honor society whose purpose is to promote the study of history. The group aims to bring together students, teachers, and writers of history for a wide variety of intellectual and social exchanges, including conference presentations, during the academic year. Through these activities, the organization supports historical inquiry, research, publication, good teaching, and the exchange of ideas among those with historical interests.
Phi Alpha Theta is a national organization composed of chapters in properly accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States. Membership in our Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at the University of Oklahoma is open to enrolled students in good academic standing who have demonstrated exceptional engagement and ability in history.
For information on requirements and life-long benefits of membership, see the national Phi Alpha Theta website: https://phialphatheta.org/membership-requirements/.
For information on PAT awards, see: https://phialphatheta.org/prizes-and-awards/.
The national committee requires a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History (earned in the classroom, online or through AP or transfer credits, or a combination thereof) and a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and 3.0 GPA overall. The History Department will be able to cover the cost of most eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission is determined by serious interest and distinction in the field of history. A student need not be a history major to apply. Applications for induction into Phi Alpha Theta at OU are rolling.
Students who meet Phi Alpha Theta criteria may apply by completing this membership application form and emailing it to the OU PAT faculty adviser janetDOTward@ouDOTedu as soon as possible: https://www.phialphatheta.org/data/memappform.pdf.