The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers students a traditional liberal education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Phi Alpha Theta


Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society for history faculty and students that promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. As a member of PAT, you will be eligible to compete for scholarships and paper prizes, as well as participate in the national convention. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a nice addition to your resume, particularly if you are planning a career in history or education. 

How to Join

Undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in History (four courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History, have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall, and be in the top 35 percent of the class. Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their master's degree and have a GPA of at least 3.5. If you are interested in joining Phi Alpha Theta, you will need to fill out an application form and submit a check for $50, made out to Chi Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta." The amount includes a one-time initiation fee of $40 for the national office plus a $10 fee for our local chapter. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of our journal, The Historian. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership.  However, membership in the local chapter will require a renewal fee of $10 per year. All applications should be submitted to Dr. Lee Farrow in room 345 Liberal Arts. 

Ink Cartridge Recycling 

Part of the funding for the "Deck the Halls" project comes from our ink jet cartridge recycling program, so please save your cartridges for us. Faculty advisor, Dr. Lee Farrow, will gladly pick them up at your campus office or you can bring them to her office, 345 in the Liberal Arts Building.

Deck the Halls with Books on History

Since 2004, PAT has sponsored a holiday project, "Deck the Halls with Books on History," through which we have raised money to purchase over 1000 history books for local elementary libraries and the Montgomery Education Foundation's summer reading program. While the project usually runs from November 15 - December 15, donations are always welcome! You can sponsor a book in honor or memory of someone for only $5 each.