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Western Oregon University’s History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, was founded in 2001 by twenty-five students and faculty. Since then the chapter has annually initiated students who show academic excellence and distinction in history. The initiation ceremony reviews the stages of history and encourages students to have a life-long dedication to the society’s goals.
Chapter members have been frequent participants in the Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference. At these meetings, students present research papers to a public consisting of Northwest faculty and students. Faculty members critique the papers while students offer commentary or ask questions. In the case of Western’s participants, this conference helps students prepare for graduate work in history, education, and library science.
Papers presented by Phi Alpha Theta students at regional conferences are available online through Hamersly Library Digital Commons: digitalcommons.wou.edu/pat/
* You do NOT have to be a History Major or Minor to become a member
* at least 18 Credits in History (any combination of online, transfer, or AP credit accepted)* at least a 3.1 GPA in History* at least a 3.0 Overall GPA
* 18 Credits toward Master’s Degree in a History Program* GPA 3.5 or better* 30% completion of Master’s
Once you’ve joined Phi Alpha Theta, you’re an alumna for life, even after you’ve graduated!
About PAT Application Directions
The History Club extends the outreach of our PAT chapter, increasing access to and promotion of History for all WOU students. We are dedicated to sharing our passion for history with others in a fun and engaging manner. All WOU students are eligible to become members of the History Club: there are no GPA, course credit, or Major/Minor requirements! The History Club broadens participation in History, sponsoring campus activities for the entire WOU community.
To join History Club:
All WOU students are eligible to become members of the History Club, so long as the individual is willing to fulfill the club’s purpose and abide by the club’s constitution. Students may become members of the History Club by attending the weekly meetings that are held or by contacting the current officers.
Membership in History Club/Phi Alpha Theta includes opportunities to:
Phi Alpha Theta is an inclusive group. Students who don’t qualify for official membership are welcome to attend and are warmly invited to participate in PAT events and activities.
National Phi Alpha Theta Website: http://phialphatheta. org
PAT site on WOU Presence: https://wou.presence.io/organization/phi-alpha-theta-national-history-honor-society
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