Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is a national honor society for students and professors of history, founded in 1921. The society promotes fellowship among historians as well as high standards in teaching and research. HCU’s chapter, Alpha Lambda Zeta, has sponsored lectures, round-table discussions, film showings and field trips.

PAT upholds high ideals that are integral to the Christian faith and may be learned through the study of history. The Society’s colors, sky blue and dark red, symbolize the union of heaven and earth, while its initials stand for Love (Philia), Humanity (Anthropos) and God (Theos). The ideals of the Society include a spirit of respect for the rights of each person, a belief in the community of all persons, and a belief in the responsibility of historians to search for truth and to make decisions with a view to their impact on others as well as themselves.


For more information about the Phi Alpha Theta chapter at HCU, contact PAT faculty adviser Dr. Sara Frear at

For information on the national society, visit



It is not necessary to major in history to join Phi Alpha Theta.  Undergraduates must have completed twelve credits (four classes) in history.  Those credits may be earned in the classroom, online, through AP or transfer credits, or some combination thereof.  A minimum GPA of 3.1 in history and 3.0 overall are required.

Graduate students must have completed a minimum of twelve semester hours in towards their Master’s Degree in History and have a GPA of over 3.5.  They must also have completed approximately thirty percent of the residency requirement for the Master’s Degree.