Phi Alpha Theta

PAT is the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students studying history. The society has over 350,000 members nationwide, with about 9,500 new members joining each year throughout 860 local chapters.

Mission Statement

We are 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. We seek to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.


Membership is not limited to just history majors!

Undergraduate students:

  • Must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History. A maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirement.
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall
  • A chapter advisor may also require that the student be ranked in the top 35% of their class.

Graduate students:

  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s Degree in History
  • Have a GPA above a 3.5
  • Shall have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master’s Degree.

If you are qualified and wish to join Butler University’s branch of PAT, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Zachary Scarlett.


By being a part of Phi Alpha Theta, you will have the opportunity to attend and present your historical research at regional and national conferences. Membership also gives you the opportunity to apply for PAT scholarships, fellowships, and grants, and you get a free year’s subscription of the academic journal The Historian!

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