How to Join

Joining Phi Alpha Theta: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can join?

All majors are welcome in Phi Alpha Theta! If you have completed “12 hours” (which is equivalent to 4 history classes = 16 units) of history classes, and you have a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.1 History GPA, you can definitely join in on the good times.

  1. I’m a cool transfer kid. What about the history classes I took away from UC Berkeley?

That’s okay, too. As long as you have the equivalent of 4 history classes, you are eligible. We will need to have a copy of your unofficial transcript from the college(s) you took those history classes in though.

  1. When/where are the meetings?

Meetings are bi-monthly. Check our Facebook for the most up-to-date information about when, where, and all that good stuff about our meetings. If you are a history major, Leah, the friendly undergraduate adviser, will forward our reminder emails.

  1. How much are membership dues?

It is $40 for your lifetime membership. All of that goes directly to the national chapter. Semester dues are $10. You MUST pay these dues in order to go to the super duper fun faculty/student dinner at the end of each semester.

  1. Where should I turn in my application?

Either at our meetings or submit your application to Phi Alpha Theta’s mailbox in the History Department office (3229 Dwinelle)

  1. What do I need to include in my application?

Three things: the actual application, found at,  your unofficial transcript (don’t forget to click the “print name” option); a check made out to “Phi Alpha Theta” for $50 (if you are brand new) or $10 (if you’re already a lifetime member).

  1. What if I am in the process of taking my four history classes?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to send your application to the national chapter until we see 4 history classes with letter grades next to them on your transcript.

  1. Help, help! I am still so confused! Who should I email with my questions?

For general questions about joining PhAT and event questions or suggestions, feel free to use the website’s contact feature found here. For more indepth questions or concerns, email Sarah Kistler directly at

Make sure to check out the national website at