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 into the History Department office, 223 Trinity Hall. You may also pick up an application at the History Department office.

The $50 fee to join is waved by the History Department. 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: Spring 2023

  • President: Riley Rosenberg
  • Vice President: Kira Runkle
  • Treasurer: Jorge Munguia
  • Director of Communications: Sage Young
  • Graphic Designer: Anthony Viola
  • Phi Alpha Theta Liasion: Riley Rosenberg

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Stephen Lewis (slewis2@csuchico.edu), Dr. Shawn Schwaller (sschwaller@csuchico.edu)

honor society

Chico State Phi Alpha Theta Award Winning Members at the University of Pacific PAT Conference
(left to right) Kira Runkle, Anahi Martinez, Riley Rosenberg, Lyndsey Kell
Left to right: Kira Runkle, Anahi Martinez, Riley Rosenberg, Lyndsey Kell, and two UoP students stand with their awards for their outstanding papers.
2023 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference
phi alpha theta students pose for a photo
Chico State History students win top awards at Northern California Regional History Honor Society conference
Juan Vega (left) and Ben Friedman (right)
Ben Friedman (right) won top honors in the undergraduate category for his paper titled “Homebred Insanity: America’s Failures in Assessing and Responding to John Hinkley Jr. and Disturbed Individuals.” Juan Vega (left) won first place in the graduate competition with his paper titled “Proselytizing Modernity: Reexamining the Summer Institute of Linguistics’ Tenure in Mexico, 1934-1979.”


2018 Northern California Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta

Students standing with their PAT certificates

Students standing with their PAT certificates
2019 Phi Alpha Theta

Fall 2018 Field Trip

Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, CA
Students standing at the Empire Mine
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park in Nevada City
Students standing at the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park