Phi Alpha Theta - The University of Tulsa

Phi Alpha Theta

Delta Kappa chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is the TU Chapter of the national history honor society. It supports the History Club and hosts two annual picnics and monthly brown bag discussions. The purpose of the organization is to promote scholarship in historical studies and provide a medium for social interaction between students and faculty. To be eligible for membership, a student must maintain a B+ average and have at least 12 hours of history credits. Awards are given annually for the outstanding graduate and undergraduate students.

We are 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.

Activities of the Society

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.
Professional Conferences

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.


Faculty Advisor: Jonathan J. Arnold
Office: College of Arts and Sciences
Address: Chapman Hall 225
Phone: (918) 631-3115
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