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.

2018 Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Regional Conference hosted by Gonzaga

2018 Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Regional Conference hosted by Gonzaga University
The Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Pacific Northwest Regional Conference was a great success. Gonzaga University’s Department of History hosted 141 students and faculty representing nineteen colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest region for two days of presentations of student historical research. Gonzaga’s participating students were Andrew Stewart, Lauren Meany, Rosalie Sherry, Adrian Ullrich, Abigail Stevens, Jack Murray, and Eric Zander.

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 $75, due at time of application.

Membership is not limited to History majors.

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