Phi Alpha Theta

Picture of Phi Alpha Theta Greek letters

A&M-Commerce proudly hosts the Eta-Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honors Society for History.  The national organization is dedicated to furthering the study of history through service and education.  Phi Alpha Theta promotes research, teaching, publication, and the exchange of information, in order to increase awareness and knowledge about history.  The Eta-Beta chapter commits itself to serving the educational interests of the A&M-Commerce community by providing students studying history access to a network of support and to bring our university’s students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges related to the field and profession of history.

Though one does not need to be a member to participate, membership is encouraged.  To be a member in the Eta-Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta undergraduates must have completed a minimum of twelve semester hours of history courses, maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, a GPA in applicable history courses of 3.1, and be a currently enrolled student in good standing with A&M Commerce.  Graduate students must also have twelve semester hours of coursework completed, maintain a GPA no lower than a 3.5, while also being currently enrolled students in good standing.  If you are already a member of Phi Alpha Theta from another university, or wish to learn more information about the organization and how to join, please contact the faculty advisor or the chapter president. 

Become a Member

Advisors and Contact Information
The Phi Alpha Theta chapter advisors is Dr. Andrew C. Baker. For information regarding membership or other details of the organization, please contact the Department of History Office (903-886-5226)

Past Activities
In Fall 2016, the Eta Beta chapter held professionalization and writing workshops for undergraduate and graduate students. The chapter also led a trip to speak with archivists at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. 

Spring 2017 Events:

PAT Graduate Paper Award Winners

PAT Members Nick Sprenger and Quinn Sicking posing with awards they received for their distinguished graduate-level paper presentations at the 2017 PAT regional conference at Stephen F. Austin State University in April.