Phi Alpha Theta

Honor Society for Students in History

Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta has, as its primary purpose, the encouragement and recognition of excellence in the study of history. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta should be listed among other university honors when applying to graduate or professional schools or when applying for employment in any history-related field. The national organization publishes The Historian, a quarterly journal that presents articles from all fields within the discipline of history. Student members, both graduate and undergraduate, are eligible to participate in annual prize paper awards.

The Kappa Phi chapter was founded at what was then San Francisco State College in 1965. Kappa Phi chapter members take part in the activities of the History Student Association on campus, and participate in the northern California regional meeting of Phi Alpha Theta held each spring on the campus of one of the northern California chapters. At this meeting, students present their research and prizes are awarded for the outstanding papers.

To qualify for membership, undergraduate students must meet three conditions:

  1. have completed at least 60 semester units toward the B.A. degree,
  2. have at least twelve semester hours in history with an overall GPA of at least 3.50 in history courses, and
  3. have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all college work.

Graduate students must meet two conditions:

  1. have completed at least twelve units toward their Graduate Approved Program (GAP), and
  2. have an overall GPA of at least 3.50 in history graduate courses.