College of Arts and Sciences

Honor Societies

Phi Alpha Theta
National Honor Society in History

The Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society is comprised of chapters from properly accredited colleges and universities. All students in these institutions who have completed the required number of history courses and are maintaining high standards in all their college or university studies are eligible for membership. Phi Alpha Theta is oriented to history but membership is not limited to history majors or minors. Only four history courses are required for membership, with a grade point average in all history courses of 3.10. Two-thirds of all other courses must be at least 3.00.

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission 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, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.


Pi Gamma Mu
National Social Science Honor Society

The purpose of Pi Gamma Mu is to improve scholarship in the social studies and to achieve synthesis therein; to inspire social service to humanity by an intelligent approach to the solution of social problems; to engender sympathy toward others with different opinions and institutions by a better mutual understanding; and to supplement and to support, but not to supplant, existing social science organizations by promoting sociability and attendance at meetings.

Requirements for membership in Pi Gamma Mu are as follows: at least 21 hours of social science courses, which may include sociology, political science, history, philosophy, economics, and geography. In psychology only social psychology and history and systems are accepted. A 3.00 grade point average is required in all social science courses, and a 2.85 average in all other courses.

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