Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society founded in 1921 for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 400,000 members, with some 9,000 new members joining each year through 970 chapters nationwide.

The mission of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The society seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges that promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

UWM’s Delta Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was first organized at the then Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee (aka “Milwaukee State”) in 1953.  It is one of the oldest honor societies at UW-Milwaukee. As a local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, our primary purpose is to contribute to the overall national mission of the society to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of ideas among historians.

If you are an undergraduate with at least 12 credits in History, with a minimum 3.1 GPA in your history courses and a minimum 3.0 GPA in your courses overall, you are eligible to join our Delta Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

To join Phi Alpha Theta:

  1. Complete the Application Form.
  2. Obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript (available on PAWS).
  3. The one-time membership fee to join Phi Alpha Theta is $50. The UWM History Department will cover half of this fee. Please write a check or money order to “Phi Alpha Theta-Delta Phi” for $25. This one-time initiation fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of The Historian.

Mail or drop off your transcript and payment to:

Department of History
Attn: Phi Alpha Theta
Holton Hall 342
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Membership Application Deadline for the December 2018 Initiation is
November 9, 2018.