Phi Alpha Theta

Dear History Majors and Minors,

A fine academic record, both in the History Department and overall, could make you eligible for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for history. Phi Alpha Theta is among the most prestigious departmental honor societies in America, standing only behind Phi Beta Kappa in overall honor society rank.

Eligibility requirements:

  • 3.0 overall cumulative Rutgers GPA
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA in History major or minor
  • Must have completed 60 credits overall (junior or senior standing)
  • 4 courses in History at Rutgers University

If you are interested in joining and believe you have met these requirements:

Applications will be accepted October 16, 2019 - November 22, 2019.  Once it is confirmed that you have met the requirements you will give your information to the undergraduate administrator and be invited to the induction ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact the Undergraduate Office, 848-932-7936

At the ceremony you will receive an official certificate validating your membership directly from the Phi Alpha Theta's International Office along with a year's subscription to The Historian, a distinguished historical quarterly. You will then become eligible to apply for prizes, awards, and scholarships available to members only. This distinction will also be noted on your transcript.

Learn more about Phi Alpha Theta at

Professor Leah DeVun

Undergraduate Vice Chair