Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Theta Alpha sealThe 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.

2013 Induction Ceremony

The Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta inducted six students on February 22, 2013: Orry G. Hatcher, Sarah A. Overman, John R. Parker, Gregory H. Starbuck, Melanie K. Tenney, and Colby J. Williams.

The ceremony featured comments from 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.

2013 Regional Conference


Left to right: Greg Starbuck, Joe Olsen, Kathy Brisentine, and Mandie Middleton

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, one undergraduate and three graduate history students presented their original research at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference hosted by Christopher Newport University.

Mandie Middleton, Joe Olsen, Greg Starbuck, and Kathy Brisentine provided another strong showing for LC. Please congratulate these scholars for their hard work.

Sixty papers from colleges and universities across Virginia were judged by a panel of professors outside the state. We are especially pleased to announce that two of our students won awards in extremely competitive categories. They are: Second Place (US History) - Mandie Middleton, "Knowledge is Power: School Integration in Central Virginia After Brown vs. Board of Education (1954)," and Second Place (Graduate) - Joseph Olsen, "Arbenz to the Sandinistas: CIA Cold War Views on Latin America."

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.

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