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Phi Alpha Theta


The local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, promotes the study of history by honoring students who have maintained high academic standards throughout their college careers.

Members participate in a variety of intellectual and social activities throughout the academic year. In the past, Phi Alpha Theta has hosted movie nights with guest professors from the History Department, museum and archives tours, and annual Theta book awards. Membership is stated on your official transcript has can be helpful during job searches and with graduate school applications. Phi Alpha Theta programs at GVSU are open to all students and if you would like to help please contact Professor Michael Huner in the History Department.

Students who have completed at least four history classes (12 hours) at GVSU and have maintained a GPA of at least 3.25 overall as well as 3.25 in History classes are eligible. We cannot be flexible about these standards.  If you are interested in joining Phi Alpha Theta and you meet the qualifications, please come to the History Office (D-1-160 MAK) with an unofficial or official transcript, your G number, a local mailing address, your local number, and an e-mail address on or before Friday, February 10, 2017.

You will receive a formal letter inviting you to the induction ceremony if you meet the qualifications and pay the $65.00 membership dues. Phi Alpha Theta membership at GVSU is open to all students who qualify. If you become a member, please consider getting involved in helping to plan and organize activities.

The national chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has scholarships and grants available for students. For more information please visit the website at   Information is also available on regional and national history conferences via the website.

Our annual induction ceremony will be held on March. The cost is $65.00 to join. Members of Phi Alpha Theta are eligible to wear an honor cord at graduation. Honor cords cost $20.00 and can be purchased in the History Office.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Professor Michael Huner at