Phi Alpha Theta



Phi Alpha Theta symbol

  • Aquinas College is the home of the Theta Rho chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ), the honor society for students and professors of history.
  • Founded at the University of Arkansas in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta now has more than eight hundred chapters in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Philippine Islands, and the District of Columbia.
  • As the History Honor Society, Inc., it is the largest accredited organization in the Association of College Honor Societies. Phi Alpha Theta has membership requirements second only to those of Phi Beta Kappa, and the number of its initiates since organization is more than 281,000.
  • Phi Alpha Theta brings students, teachers, and writers of history together, both intellectually and socially.
  • The society publishes The Historian, a quarterly which publishes the works of its members.
  • Phi Alpha Theta awards several prizes to recognize achievement by its members.

Aquinas's Chapter - Theta Rho (ΘΡ)

  • Aquinas College's Theta Rho (ΘΡ) Chapter was founded in 1962.
  • To date, there have been over 400 members of the chapter.
  • The Theta Rho Chapter sponsors many activities such as trips to museums and local historical sites.
  • Some PAT members have participated in a faculty-student reading group. Check with Dr. Pinheiro if you are interested.
  • Its members may attend the annual regional conference and present papers.


  • completing at least 12 credit hours of history
  • maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA in history courses
  • maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA overall
  • being nominated by a faculty member of the Department of History
  • being approved by all faculty members of the Department of History


Dr. John Pinheiro