Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for students and professors of history. It was established in 1921 and now boasts 839 chapters in 50 states. Drake University has an active local chapter for members and interested persons to meet around issues and activities related to the study of history and its practice.

According to Phi Alpha Theta’s main website:

 “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, 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.”


‌‌Hello fellow history enthusiasts,

As President of Phi Alpha Theta, I would like to welcome you to our website. 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, 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.

At Drake, P.A.T. members strive to promote and engage in historical learning both on campus and in the community. In years past we have volunteered at History Day functions for local youths, invited speakers to enlighten us on possible career paths for history majors as well as tips for pursuing careers after college, hosted department gatherings where students and professors can become better acquainted, and many other events. We are constantly looking for ways to grow our membership, promote thoughtful learning, and connect to the community and each other through history.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill out our application in the history department. Undergraduate members are required to have a 3.1 GPA in at least 12 credits of history and a 3.0 GPA overall. Membership is NOT limited to History majors, and we would love to have you!

Please feel free to reach out to me at alissa.deroos@drake.edu if you have any questions! 

Sincerely, Alissa DeRoos


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