Honor Societies

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is an international honor society in History. It was organized at the University of Arkansas on March 17th, 1921. Since that time it has grown to include more than six hundred chapters in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Philippine Islands, and the District of Columbia. It is the largest, in number of chapters, of the accredited honor societies holding membership in the Association of College Honor Societies. Phi Alpha Theta has membership requirements second only to those of Phi Beta Kappa, and the number of its initiates since organization is more than 100,000.

Phi Alpha Theta’s membership is comprised of students and professors elected to the society upon the basis of excellence in the study or writing of History. Any student of History may become a member by maintaining a high standard of work in his or her studies. At the same time, Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society the objective of which is the promotion of the study of History by the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and thought among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of History together, both intellectually and socially, and it encourages and assists, in a variety of ways, historical research and publication by its members.

The society publishes The Historian, a distinguished quarterly whose pages are open to members for the publication of their studies. It also contains reviews of the most important current books, notes relative to historical activities, and other news of interest to the society’s members. Phi Alpha Theta has also established a number of prizes and awards to recognize achievement by its members. Awards are mad for papers presented by undergraduates as well as by graduate students. Six graduate scholarship awards are also made, and Phi Alpha Theta offers two annual awards for books published by its members. The society also maintains a placement bureau for the benefit of its members.


To become a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • taken 12 credit hours of History
  • have a 3.1 GPA in History
  • have a 3.0 GPA overall
  • be in the top 35% of his/her class

Contact Information:
Tanya Stabler, Assistant Professor, History

Phi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States.  There are over 687 chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha located on college and university campuses in every state of the United States and in Guam.

Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students currently enrolled in programs of political science in institutions where chapters are located.

Undergraduates must meet the following criteria:  They must be at least juniors who have completed at least 12 semester-credits of work in political science including at least one upper-division course, with an average grade of B or higher in those courses.  They must have achieved an overall GPA placing them in the top one-third of their whole class (i.e., junior or senior class).  They need NOT be political science majors to qualify for membership.

Criminal Justice Club

Contact Information:
Frank Colucci, Assistant Professor, Political Science