Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta 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 during the academic year. Through these activities, Phi Alpha Theta 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 the Alpha Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at Yale University is open to undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:
 
·  completion of at least four history courses at Yale University;
·  an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 at Yale University;
·  a grade point average of at least 3.1 in all history courses taken at Yale University;
·  a one-time payment of $55 that covers a lifetime membership in the national organization;
·  completion of a membership application (see below).
 
Upon induction, members receive a certificate from the national organization and a year long subscription to The Historian, Phi Alpha Theta’s national journal that includes submissions from professors and college students around the country. Members are also eligible to apply for scholarships disbursed by the national organization and may participate in both the Biennial National Convention and the Phi Alpha Theta regional meetings. More information about the benefits of membership is available here.
 
All events and activities are organized by the group’s membership. The 2017-18 event calendar will be determined following the fall 2017 induction ceremony on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
 
 
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND INDUCTION PROCESS 
Students who meet Phi Alpha Theta’s membership criteria may apply for induction in either the fall of the spring semester. A completed membership application consists of two parts: 
 
1.       A completed membership application form. Application forms are available digitally via this link and must be submitted by Monday, October 2 in order to be eligible for fall 2017 induction.
2.       Payment of membership dues ($55)*. Dues can be paid via Paypal to j.allen@yale.edu. When paying, please select the “Send money to friends and family” option. Payment in any other way will will result in a delay in the processing of your application. All dues payments must be submitted by Monday, October 2 in order to be eligible for fall 2017 induction.
Membership application forms and dues for fall 2017 induction will be accepted until 11:59pm on Monday, October 2, 2017.
 
The fall 2016 induction ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm in HGS 211.
 
 
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
All dues-paying members are eligible to serve on Phi Alpha Theta’s board of officers and to participate in elections, which will take place following the fall induction ceremony. Phi Alpha Theta leadership positions and their corresponding responsibilities are as follows:
·  President: runs all group meetings; oversees all major organizational tasks; serves as a liaison between the group’s membership and the faculty director;
·  Vice President: maintains minutes of all group meetings; manages publicity and recruitment efforts;
·  Treasurer: manages the group’s finances; maintains an active group budget throughout the academic year; completes all university paperwork for student organizations; 
·  Three Class Representatives (one each: sophomore, junior, senior): serve as liaisons between their respective class cohorts among the group’s official membership and the board of officers;
·  Webmaster: creates and maintains the group’s web presence on CampusPress.
 
Further questions may be directed to the 2017-18 Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor at j.allen@yale.edu.