There are two student organizations affiliated with the History Department at CSU, Chico. CLIO is open to all who wish to join, whether they are history majors or not. Phi Alpha Theta is the local chapter of a national history honor society. Students also edit and produce The Chico Historian, a journal that publishes students' historical research papers written in conjunction with coursework taken at CSU, Chico.
As of fall 2008, CLIO and Phi Alpha Theta have merged to form one unified group known as PHATHH.
PHATHH (The Chico State History Club and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society) offers students the opportunity to become involved with history beyond the classroom. Throughout the year, PHATHH hosts book talks, forums, and movie screenings that always open up new discussions on the subject of history.
Each semester the club takes a trip to local historical sights of interest. Past trips have included wine tasting at the New Clairvaux Monastery in Vina, Sutter’s Fort, and lunch in San Francisco’s famous China Town. Each year the finest student work is published in the annual university journal The Chico Historian. As a member of Phi Alpha Theta you will be eligible to participate in a yearly regional conference where students can present original work and research, and where they can compete for awards against other history students across California.
Membership in PHATHH is most importantly a great way to demonstrate your commitment to history and an opportunity to engage other historians dedicated to the study of the past. We welcome anyone who is eager to discuss, learn, absorb and contribute to the ongoing study of history!
Students play other roles in the History Department as well, and may be found working in the History Department office in addition to serving as teaching assistants in the classroom.