Phi Alpha Theta

Honors Society
The Kean University History Department is a proud sponsor of a local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, founded in 1921 and now sponsoring over 800 chapters with nearly 300,000 members. As its Mission Statement says, Phi Alpha Theta is “a professional society whose mission is to promote 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.”
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TAMPA, FL 33620

PHONE: (800) 394-8195
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Kean University Chapter Advisor: Dr. Abigail Perkiss,


In February of each year, students are invited by letter to join Phi Alpha Theta. The Kean University History Department has determined that eligible students must:

1. hold a 3.3 overall GPA
2. have taken 45 credits, with at least 12 in History taken at Kean
3. have History as their First or Second Major


Upon paying their dues, new members are initiated at the History Department’s annual dinner in April, where a distinguished speaker offers comments on the state of the History profession, the role of History today, or some aspect of their own research and writing. In 2005, the distinguished guest speaker was David Gibson, media commentator, former correspondent for Vatican Radio, and the author of The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful are Shaping a New American Catholicism (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003). In 2006, we welcomed John Chatterton, the History Channel's Deep Sea Detective. In 2007, Dr. Laura Neitzel of Brookdale Community College regaled us with stories of working, studying, and researching in Japan. In 2008, we learned a great deal about Revolutionary New Jersey and the state of historic preservation management from Cate Litvack, Executive Director of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association.


Apart from the obvious honor and prestige of membership, members are eligible for cash awards, prizes, and scholarships, which are awarded annually. In addition, annual payment of dues subscribes the member to The Historian, a distinguished quarterly with articles written by members with interests in all fields of History. It also contains numerous reviews of scholarly books and other items of interest. The Historian is one of the most widely circulated scholarly historical journals published in the United States.

2010 Phi Alpha Theta innitiation ceremony at Liberty Hall's Carriage House.