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Phi Alpha Theta


Real vs. Real Activity on October 9, 2012 with Dr. Miller

Real to Reel with Dr. Miller 10-9-12

The Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society at Boise State University is the local chapter of a nationally 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.

Phi Alpha Theta Officers

NameTitleContact Information
Joe GreenVice President
Dane JohnsSecretary

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The Boise State local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta puts on a number of events throughout the school year, giving its members the opportunity for both scholastic advancement and socialization.

Activities Overview

  • Real to Reel – Watch a movie with historical relevance/connection while a history professor leads a discussion or activity.
  • Service Projects – Help with various activities around the area including Idaho History Day, Museum Comes to Life, and Veteran’s Day Night Fire Event.
  • Fundraising – Funds are raised to send members to conferences through organized events.
  • Banquet – Each April, PAT sponsors a banquet for members and guests. Costumes are encouraged!
  • Conference – Members can submit papers to present at the Regional Conference, normally held in April.

Fall Semester

  • October 1st – Application Deadline to join National Society
  • September – Pizza Meet and Greet
  • September – Museum Comes to Life (Volunteer)
  • October – Haunted Penitentiary (Volunteer)
  • November – Veterans’ Day Nightfire Event (Volunteer)

Spring Semester

  • March 1st – Application Deadline to join National Society
  • Costume Party at the History Museum
  • Book Sales Fundraiser in the Quad
  • History Day (Volunteer)


Scholarships are available from Phi Alpha Theta. Forms can be found on the bulletin board in the History Department across from L-181. Scholarships range from $250 to $1,000 for graduate and undergraduate students. Contact the history office at or visit the national website for more information.

Membership Requirements

All members of the honor society are inducted through the local PAT chapter. Individual memberships sent directly to the National Office are not acceptable and will be returned. Applications & payments should be submitted directly to the History Department and not a Phi Alpha Theta officer.

There is an annual due of $10.00 to the Phi Alpha Theta Omega-Omicron Chapter History Honors Society at Boise State University. This is used to promote our local activities.

An additional one-time initiation fee of $50.00 per student is required to become a member at the national level, payable at the time of initiation. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of our journal, The Historian. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership and thereafter, there are no annual dues or fees (nationally). Members who wish to continue supporting the honor society may do so by subscribing to The Historian and/or to our newsletter.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in History (4 courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History, have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall, and be in the top 35% of the class. Membership is not limited to History majors.

Graduate Students

Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s Degree, have a GPA of better than 3.5, and shall have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master’s Degree.

Faculty Members

Faculty members above the rank of Instructor who teach History automatically qualify, pay the same induction fee, and receive the same membership privileges.


  • Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a prestigious honor that will enhance your resume.
  • Phi Alpha Theta offers a number of scholarship and publication opportunities.
  • Phi Alpha Theta provides the valuable experience of presenting history papers before a panel of qualified judges at the annual Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Regional Conference.
  • Phi Alpha Theta members have the opportunity to meet history professors and motivated history scholars outside of the classroom.
  • Members receive certain Phi Alpha Theta publications, which include a scholarly journal and a newsletter.
  • Special graduation regalia for National members available for purchase at