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Phi Alpha Theta

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Faculty Advisors:
Dr. David Thomas
Chapter President: Chelsi Arellano
Facebook: @Rho-Nu PAT
Twitter: @PAT_rho

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Phi Alpha Theta was established at the University of Arkansas on March 1, 1921. It has grown to encompass 700 chapters in 50 states, more chapters than any other accredited honor society. P.A.T. is 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." They seek to "bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by members in a variety of ways."

The National Phi Alpha Theta Society sponsors a variety of benefits for its members. There are biennial conventions for undergraduate, graduate and faculty members; members at all levels are welcome to present papers. P.A.T. also sponsors special programs at the annual meetings of a number of the larger historical organization conferences such as the American Historical Association conference and the Organization of American Historians conference.

P.A.T. publishes The Historian, a scholarly historical quarterly in which all members are invited to publish their work. The Historian is run from and edited in our department. Finally, the P.A.T. News Letter covers the activities of and provides information about P.A.T.

The national organization, also housed at USF, sponsors six annual paper prize awards. The Lynn W. Turner and Founder’s Awards are open to undergraduate members. There also are various scholarship awards, almost all of them for students entering into or already engaged in graduate study in history. Students interested in either the paper prizes or scholarship awards should contact the National Society. You might want to ask for a copy of the booklet "This is Phi Alpha Theta" which details benefits available to members.

USF's Rho Nu chapter sponsors activities ranging from guest speakers to book discussions and film nights. Activities at USF depend on how active the members choose to be in a particular year. If you have suggestions for activities, please let the P.A.T. Officers or the History Office know.

Interested students can apply for membership. The requirements for Phi Alpha Theta membership are as follows:

  • An undergraduate student must have completed at least 12 credit hours in history with a grade in all history courses averaging 3.1 or better, must have a 3.0 grade average outside history, and must rank in the top 35 percent of their undergraduate class. You do not need to be an Honors College student to join.
  • Graduate students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 have no incomplete classes in order to join.

Lifetime membership is $60, which entitles the member to a certificate of membership, a membership card, and a one-year subscription to both The Historian and The News Letter. Once membership is received, it may be listed on resumes, or the member can purchase a pin to wear.

The Phi Alpha Theta Application can be accessed here, or stop by the Department of History's office, SOC 260, for more information.


USF Italian Culture Club
The USF Italian Culture Club is an organization whose purpose is to preserve, develop and promote an awareness and appreciation for the Italian language and culture. ICC will enhance our academic programs by serving students within our communities guided by a commitment to offer educational opportunities emphasizing self-discovery, teamwork and global awareness. ICC will share a common interest in foreign languages and cultures by exchanging cultural experiences with students from other institutions in the United States and abroad.

President: Pierce Davidson

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