The Department of History has a lively and dynamic community of undergraduate majors and minors who participate in one of both of two student organizations, the undergraduate Student History Advisory Committee (H-SAC) and Phi Alpha Theta, the professional society for undergraduate students of history. Check them out and get involved!
H-SAC is formally a part of the student government (ASUU) and is comprised of students majoring and minoring in history.
Its activities are limited only by the imagination of its members but H-SAC does take on a number of yearly activities. The most important is the Futures in History social that brings together alumni, faculty, and current students. Other activities include the History Halloween Cemetery Stroll, helps organize the First Friday History Socials, and holds its annual books sale fundraiser. The H-SAC committee also serves as a liaison between students and professors and a resource for students with questions or concerns.
Membership in H-SAC develops many skills such as networking, teamwork, constructive evaluation, organization, writing, and presentation. To join H-SAC, please stop by (CTIHB) suite 310 to fill out the H-SAC Membership Form.
The Department’s academic advisor is also the H-SAC advisor. For the current academic
year, the president of H-SAC is Noah Rosenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Alpha Theta (www.pat-ar.org) is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. They seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.
With over 700 chapters across all 50 states, and with nearly a quarter of a million members since its founding in 1921, initiates become part of a large and well-connected organization. In addition to networking opportunities there are also several potential financial and career benefits. Phi Alpha Theta awards nine scholarships annually and gives several cash awards for both graduate and undergraduate papers. There are numerous financial incentives and rewards for work in an historical field after graduation. Perhaps most prominently: members enjoy 'fast track' status in the civil service hiring process. Membership Phi Alpha Theta also includes both an official certificate and a subscription to the Society’s official quarterly journal, The Historian.
Once initiated into the honor society, membership and its benefits are life-long. Perhaps the most important benefit for the majority of students is national and regional conferences that bring together faculty, students, and outstanding historians from across the spectrum of historical inquiry. These conferences offer students the enriching experience of sharing their work in a supportive atmosphere. Conferences also bring the opportunity to meet students from other institutions who share similar goals and interests. Whether you are a relatively new undergraduate student or someone who is well along in their academic career, if you are a serious scholar with a love of history we encourage you to consider membership in Phi Alpha Theta.
Membership in Phi Alpha Theta requires 12 hours college of level history, a 3.4 overall GPA, a 3.5 GPA in history courses, and a $45.00 initiation fee (subject to change). If you are interested in joining the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, please stop by Department of History to fill out a membership form or print the application form and deliver it to the Department with your membership fee.
All questions related to Phi Alpha Theta can be directed to our faculty advisor for our chapter, Dr. John Reed.