Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society sponsors events for all history majors and minors throughout the semester. It can be difficult to meet other history majors in class, and PAT’s ultimate goal is to create a sense of community among history undergraduates.

2018-19 Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell,
 Savannah Mick
Vice President: Nick Fields
Secretary: Hang Ma

The Historian
Executive Editor: Nick Fields
Editors: Will Knowles and Miranda Meyer

Join Phi Alpha Theta

The requirements for official, lifetime membership to the organization are the completion of 12 credit hours of History courses with a 3.0 grade average in those classes along with membership dues of $20.  Membership in PAT is open to all students, history majors and minors or otherwise. We will initiate new members at the beginning of the spring semester. We had a great response at our callout and we hope to keep the momentum going throughout the year! 

If you have any questions about the organization, please email If you would like to see what we’re up to, follow us on twitter @PurduePhiAT or like our Facebook page, Purdue University Phi Alpha Theta.

Click here to view the Phi Alpha Theta national site.


Phi Alpha Theta selects the recipient for the Waltmann Award.  Applicants for this cash award must be fifth or sixth-semester history majors, active in Phi Alpha Theta, and are considered on their overall performance as students, with special attention to their historical studies.  The award is to be used during the recipient's senior year.  This award is given in honor of Professor Henry G. Waltmann, who was a faculty member in the Department of History from 1962 until his death in 1978.

2017-18 Activities

The Purdue Historian:

Attention history students!

Phi Alpha Theta is seeking submissions for its annual scholarly e-journal, the Historian. Any undergraduate student may apply, and all topics within the field of history will be given equal consideration. Publication in any journal, even a student produced one such as this, is a fantastic achievement, and would look great on any resume.

Additionally, every student whose work appears in the Historian will receive several free copies to pass along to friends and family. That being said, please make sure your submission is a final version; you may want to approach the professor and ask him/her for comments before you submit.

All papers submitted must meet the following guidelines:
    * Be from January 2010 onward
    * Five Page Minimum, 30 Page Maximum, Double Spaced
    * 12 Point Times New Roman Font
    * 1" All Margins
    * Footnotes (Chicago Manual of Style)
    * Topic: Any History Paper
    * Title Page Including: Name, Email Address, Class, Phone Number, and Professor’s Name
    * No Name on any of the pages except Title Page
**Any papers failing to follow the guidelines will automatically be eliminated.

Papers are due by 4 PM on Friday, March 23rd, 2018. Please papers place them in the Phi Alpha Theta mailbox in the Department of History office on the second floor of University Hall.  If your paper is chosen for printing, the editor-in-chief will contact you for an electronic version.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your articles!

Phi Alpha Theta's The Purdue Historian new edition coming soon!

2018 Undergraduate History Conference

This year, we will be hosting the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference on March 24, 2018. Call for Papers.  This undergraduate conference aims to provide a platform for students to share their historical research and network with peers and professional historians in the region.  Organized by the Purdue Phi Alpha Theta chapter, this conference welcomes Phi Alpha Theta members across the Midwest, but membership is not required to participate.  Areas of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to, the following topics: race, social change, women, LGBTQ communities, war, poverty, religion, drugs, immigration, free speech and technology. 

The conference will feature a luncheon with a keynote address by  Dr. David Atkinson, Purdue University. 

To submit a paper, please email the following cover sheet and a 100-word abstract of the proposed research paper by January 5, 2018 to

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