The Honor Society in History, Phi Alpha Theta, is a professional society whose purpose is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together both intellectually and socially, and it encourages and assists historical research and publication by its members in a variety of ways.
Alpha Beta Upsilon
To become a member, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in History and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s Degree in History, have a GPA of better than 3.5, and shall have completed approximately 30% of the resident requirements for the master’s degree.
Eligible candidates must also be in the top 35% of their class.
The faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta is Dr. Brian Crim, assistant professor of history.
2015 Induction Ceremony
The Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta inducted eleven students on February 24, 2015: Matthew Alan Baker, Daniel Gordy, Jessica Jerrils, Lyn Kraje, Conner D. Murphy, Spencer Murray, Melinda Kaye Nelson, Kendell Claiborne Porter, Joshua Ryan Ritzman, William Stratton, Krista Wallingford.
The ceremony featured comments from LC alum and adjunct professor Tessa Evans and Professor Adam Dean concerning the value of internship experiences in the profession. Professor Dean noted new opportunities with the City of Lynchburg and the Historic Sandusky House. This year’s initiates all share a love of history and include not only majors in history but also in international relations, criminology, political science, communication studies, and interdisciplinary studies-teacher education.
2015 Regional Conference
On Saturday, March 21, the Virginia Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference was hosted by Hampton University.
Senior Sarah Overman presented “Building the Third Reich” at the conference and won the Best Undergraduate Paper in European History Award, beating out competition from JMU, Virginia Tech, Virginia Wesleyan, and many others.
Phi Alpha Theta History
Phi Alpha Theta was organized at the University of Arkansas on March 17, 1921. Since that time it has grown to more than 900 chapters in 50 states and has more chapters than any of the other accredited honor societies holding membership in the Association of College Honor Societies. The total number of initiates since its inception is more than 350,000.
Phi Alpha Theta is composed of chapters in accredited colleges and universities. All students in these institutions who have completed the required number of history courses and are maintaining high standards in their college or university studies are eligible for membership.
The Lynchburg College Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was chartered on April 5, 1985.