Phi Alpha Theta


Undergraduates interested in history are encouraged to join the Undergraduate History Association, which is the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary. This is the primary social and academic organization for students interested in history. An initial organizational meeting is typically held in the fall of each year, and news of the organization's membership drives, as well as its activities throughout the year, are sent to all declared majors through the departmental list serve.

The activities of the chapter vary, but usually include sponsorship of lectures, films, discussions and social events. Leadership of the chapter falls upon the shoulders of the ongoing campus members, and officers are elected each spring.  Although PAT membership requires 9 units in History courses (including currently enrolled courses) and the attainment of a minimum GPA, the local chapter welcomes the participation of all students interested in History. It is not necessary to be a history major.

The Washington University chapter of PAT annually publishes The Gateway Journal, an anthology of the best student historical writing at Washington University. 

PAT annually hosts the departmental gala at the end of the spring semester to honor senior thesis writers and to announce departmental prizes.

To learn more about Phi Alpha Theta, please visit the organization's website at: