All members of the honor society are inducted through the local Phi Alpha Theta chapter at their respective college or university.
Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Eligible candidates must also be in the top 35% of their class. Students enrolled in an online program are not eligible. Membership is not limited to History majors.
Alpha Beta Beta is the Washburn chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Our chapter hosts many activities for the benefit and enjoyment of our members. We sponsor guest speakers, forums, debates, scholarly seminars and other programs in cooperation with local and area historical societies. Regional activities include biennial conventions and professional conferences.
“At its biennial convention, undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to meet distinguished historians and to present their own research papers. Phi Alpha Theta is one of the few honor and professional historical societies that encourages student participation in all its functions. Prominent historians also appear on the program of every biennial convention, so that members of the Society have the opportunity to learn of their contributions to historical scholarship. Students and professors have the opportunity to meet others interested in history, and in their own fields of specialization, while enjoying the social and intellectual dialogue that occurs. The biennial convention is highlighted by special events and tours of sites of historical interest. Phi Alpha Theta underwrites a portion of the cost of transportation for the delegate from each chapter attending the convention.”
“Phi Alpha Theta presents special programs at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, The Historical Society, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Western History Association, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, Missouri Valley Historical Conference, the Southwestern Social Sciences Association, and many state Historical associations. Phi Alpha Theta sponsors paper sessions at many of these professional conferences, enabling students to present their research and receive critical evaluation from faculty from a wide variety of institutions of higher learning. We are also currently establishing a closer relationship with the Society for Military History and the World History Association."