Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is the National Honors Society in History.  Created in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta now has 820 active chapters.  The Xi-Gamma Chapter of the society at Gonzaga has been active since 1968.

Stevie Festin, National PAT Conference, 2014

Stephanie Festin (top, center), senior History major at Gonzaga, presented her research at Phi Alpha Theta's Biennial Conference.  Congratulations, Stevie!  We are proud of you!

2014 PAT Inductees

New Phi Alpha Theta members.  Induction ceremony, Spring 2014.

The Xi-Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is enjoying another busy and productive year, during which it has organized a number of services and events.

Services and Events:

Fall 2016 Tutoring and other services and events to be announced.

Recent winners of the annual Phi Alpha Theta Award:

2016 Stephanie Allen, Senior Research Project: "From Stagnation to Inspiration: Eisenhower and the Civil Rights Movement."

2015  Mary Kate Koch, Senior Research Project: "Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax, and the New American Folk Tradition."

2014  Stephanie Festin, Senior Research Project: "The Wise Man of Serbia Thought His Way into Trouble in the Unified Yugoslav State."

2013  Margaret McGuire, Senior Research Project: "Miscommunication and Misinterpretation: The Failure of the Laity to Implement the Reforms of the Second Vatican Council in the United States in Light of the Social and Cultural Conditions of the 1960s."

2012  Katherine Adams, Senior Research Project: "The West as a Region, As Seen Through Contemporary Letters."

2011  Anna Kecskés, Senior Research Project: "Three Penny Story:  Shame and Punishment in Liberated France."

2010  Julia Riegel,  Senior Research Project: "Songs of Survival: An Exploration of Music, History, and the Holocaust."

2009  Claire Keller-Scholz, Senior Research Project: "'MUTINY!' An Examination of the Social and Political Implications of the British Naval Mutinies during the Napoleonic Wars."


To be eligible for Phi Alpha Theta, undergraduate students must meet the following requirements:

1.  At least twelve hours of History at the time of application;

2. 3.1 or higher GPA in History;

3. 3.0 or higher overall GPA;

4. Membership fee of $40, due at time of application.

Membership is not limited to History majors.  An application is available here or in the History Department, College Hall 431.

For more information about Phi Alpha Theta, please contact faculty adviser Professor Eric Cunningham (  See also the national web site at