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History Department

Phi Alpha Theta: History Honors Society

Mission Statement and Benefits


To provide exceptional students of history with an opportunity to participate in various activities related to the field of history, and gain recognition outside of the classroom. Members of Phi Alpha Theta are given the opportunity to discuss historical issues, attend history movie nights, join in tours of historic sites, participate in a variety of research competitions, and aid in the publication process of the History Department’s annual journal, The Chico Historian. Members are encouraged to share input and propose events at the monthly meetings.

Benefits of Membership    

Phi Alpha Theta gives students an opportunity to meet and interact with other successful students in the field of history. The organization holds several small events throughout the semester, participates in the submission and review process of the History Department’s annual journal, The Chico Historian, and also participates in the annual Northern California Regional Conference, where students present papers to the students and faculty of other Northern California universities. Membership in the organization can be noted on an academic resume or graduate school application, and provides an open door towards other notable achievements, such as the presentation of a paper at the Regional Conference.

Membership Requirements and Application

To become a member, please print out and complete the Phi Alpha Theta application (PDF) and turn it in to the History Department office, 223 Trinity Hall. You may also pick up an application at the History Department office.

There is a $50 fee to join, which also covers your first year of dues (the membership fee is $10 annually thereafter). You must have a GPA of 3.1 in history classes, and a 3.0 GPA overall. In addition, you must have completed at least 12 units in history.

Current Officers

Officers: 2017-2018

Congratulations to Juan Vega Ramírez and Kellie Marie Lavin

Ramirez and Lavin hold up award certificates in front of the rose garden.

In late April, History graduate students Juan Vega Ramírez and Kellie Marie Lavin won second and first place, respectively, at the Northern California Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the international History honor society. Santa Clara University hosted the event, and students from eleven regional colleges and universities presented their research papers.

2018 Northern California Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta

Students standing with their PAT certificates

Students standing with their PAT certificates
2018 Phi Alpha Theta Initiates
phi alpha theta initiates

Fall 2017 Field Trip

Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, CA

Students sitting on the steps of the Empire Mine in Grass Valley

Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, CA

Students standing in Donner Memorial State Park