Honor Society: Phi Alpha Theta

History Honor Society - Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is an academic honor society for colleges and universities 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. 

Penn undergraduates interested in applying for membership can inquire with the History Department's Undergraduate Advisor.  The application process occurs once a year, usually in February.

Applicants must have completed at least four History courses at Penn. Study abroad and transfer credits will not be counted toward those four.  Admission to Phi Alpha Theta requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 in History courses and a minimum overall GPA at Penn of 3.2.  Phi Alpha Theta charges a membership fee of $50 per student, payable at the time of application.  Students for whom the $50 membership fee poses a hardship should contact Dr. Fabella to request departmental assistance.


2022 Application Instructions - deadline February 28 at noon

  1. Download and complete the application form:  Phi Alpha Theta Application (Microsoft Word Document)
  2. Locate your unofficial transcript on Penn in Touch.  Copy and paste the unofficial transcript onto the second page of the application
  3. Rename the application file so that it matches your last name. (E.g., "Smith.doc") 
  4. Email your application to Dr. Fabella (fabella@sas.upenn.edu) 
  5. Bring a check or money order in the amount of $50 to Dr. Fabella's office (COLL 208C).  Checks and money orders should be addressed to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, and the student's name should be indicated in the "memo" line.  Students without checking accounts may purchase money orders at CVS or the US Post Office. 

Accepted students will be notified by the end of March.  Details on this year's induction ceremony will be announced at that time. 

Phi Alpha Theta applicants and members are also invited to join the History Student Society (HSS)!