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P.A.T. sponsored a major dinner on April 6. From left to right A.Pellingra, L.Grove, C.Fleischhauer, M.Gwin, C.Huang, A. Boyd. Feb. 18, members from P.A.T. and VHR visit the Carter House and Carnton Plantation. Professors Welch and Blackett also went. Phi Alpha Theta members enjoy a trip to the Hermitage on October 9, 2016 Phi Alpha Theta at the Hermitage with Faculty Adviser Professor Thomas A. Schwartz

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 400,000 members, with some 9,000 new members joining each year through 970 chapters nationwide. Link to their web page here.

The Vanderbilt University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is student run, with a faculty adviser. The Department of History invites qualifiers to apply for lifetime membership twice during the academic year. The qualifications for membership are set by the National office and are as follows:

“Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. A maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirement.  Membership is not limited to History majors.   A chapter advisor may also require that the student be ranked in the top 35% of their class.  The chapter advisor has the discretion of making eligibility requirements for his/her chapter more (but not less) stringent than the national requirement..”

Vanderbilt University History Department has a requirement that a student's overall GPA must be 3.5 or better.

There is a one-time initiation fee of $50.00 per student that is collected during the two qualifying events.

2016-17, and 2017-18 Faculty Adviser is Professor Thomas Schwartz

2016-17 President, Laura Grove; Vice President, Luke Salazar; Treasurer, Huadi Gao; Secretary, Scott Jossart

2017-18 President, Laura Grove, Vice President, Mary Gwin; Treasure, Luke Jullian; Secretary, Ellen Dement.

With the guidance of the Faculty Adviser, the President of the VU chapter arranges for events throughout the year.  See the calendar listing to the right (currently under construction).

Members are also encouraged to apply to the scholarships and conferences sponsored by the national office. For a detailed listing of the P.A.T. extensive awards program, visit the Prizes/Awards section of their website.


updated April 11, 2017

April 13, 6 - 8 pm, Benson Hall room 200. The Graduate History Association will have members speak with undergraduates interested in attending graduate school and what you can do with a history degree.

April 6, 2017 Alumni Hall room 202, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, A full department and history majors' dinner sponsored by the Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta. History majors can RSVP to Christen Harper ( or through the invitation they should have received by email last week. Please RSVP by April 1.

March 29, 5:30 - 6:00 pm, Benson Hall 2nd floor foyer, Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony.All P.A.T. members invited and encourage to attend, as are all Department of History faculty. A light dinner will be served.

Feb. 18 members from P.A.T. and VHR visit the Carter House and Carnton Plantation. Professors Welch and Blackett also went.

Feb. 16, 5:30-6:30 pm, Commons Center room 233. Phi Alpha Theta is hosting a dinner with Professor Rogaski . Students will get food from down stairs in the Commons Center and bring it up to room 233 to talk with Professor Rogaski about her career and interests in history. Open to 15 students to the first that RSVP to Laura Grove, President of Phi Alpha Theta.