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.

Stephanie Allen, 2016 PAT Award Winner

2016 Phi Alpha Theta Student Award winner Stephanie Allen with Drs. Eric Cunningham, Andy Goldman, Rob Donnelly, and Veta Schlimgen.
2016 PAT inductees with officers
New Phi Alpha Theta members with officers.  Induction ceremony, Spring 2016.

Services and Events:

Fall 2017 Tutoring: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 3:00 to 4:00, College Hall 431, History Department conference room.

2018 Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Regional Conference: Gonzaga University!  More information coming soon.  For conference information, contact PAT Advisor Dr. Eric Cunningham.

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 $55, 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

2016 Graduation

PAT members and History faculty, Graduation 2016