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 2016-17 event calendar will be determined following the fall 2016 induction ceremony on November 1, 2016.
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 three parts: 
  1. A completed membership application form. Application forms can be completed digitally (online form available here) or submitted in hardcopy form (PDF form available here). Hardcopy forms should be returned to Jennifer Allen’s mailbox in HGS 241. All applications must be submitted by the deadline listed below for fall 2016 induction.
  2. Payment of membership dues ($55)*. Dues can be paid via check written out to Jennifer Allen or digitally via Paypal to If paying by Paypal, please select the “Send money to friends and family” option to avoid a delay in processing your application. Checks should be turned in to Jennifer Allen’s mailbox in HGS 241. All dues payments must be submitted by the deadline listed below for fall 2016 induction.
  3. An email confirmation of receipt of your application and payment. Your application is not considered complete until you receive an email from the faculty advisor confirming receipt of both payment and application. If you do not receive a confirmation within ten days of submission, please contact the faculty advisor directly at
*If the payment of dues is a hardship for you, please contact the faculty advisor directly.
Membership application forms and dues for fall 2016 induction will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, October 7, 2016. 
Applicants whose materials are received after this deadline will be inducted in spring 2017. 
The fall 2016 induction ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 7:00-9:00pm in HGS 211.
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. For the 2016-17 academic year, the webmaster will be appointed by the faculty advisor. Any students interested in serving as webmaster should contact the Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor directly at
Further questions may be directed to the 2016-17 Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor at