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 $50 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 $60 (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 in-depth questions or concerns, email Stanley Shaw directly at

Make sure to check out the national website at

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