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.
2019 Induction Ceremony
The Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta inducted five students on March 22, 2019: Briana E. Heath, Joshua A. Bell, Christine L. Moore, Samuel D. Wilkins, Genevieve G. Griffin.
The ceremony featured Dr. Clifton Potter reflecting on his 54-year career at the University of Lynchburg and what he loves most about history. Dr. Potter noted he never stopped learning from his students and is looking forward to writing and researching a number of projects in retirement.
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 University of Lynchburg Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was chartered on April 5, 1985.