Phi Alpha Theta - Theta-Pi Chapter

The National Honor Society in History, Phi Alpha Theta, was founded at the University of Arkansas in 1921, with the intention to encourage the study of history and to recognize excellence in history. On May 31, 1962, the Theta-Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at Orange County State College (now California State University, Fullerton). Among its charter members were Bill Langsdorf (the university's first president), Giles Brown (the university's first dean of Graduate Studies), Ernie Toy (the university's first librarian), and Larry de Graaf (one of the university's founding faculty members). The chapter has won the organization's "Best Chapter Award" numerous times, and its journal, The Welebaethan, regularly receives national accolades. As of May 8, 2021, the chapter has initiated 2,163 members.

For information on Phi Alpha Theta (including the events below), please contact Dr. Stephen O'Connor via email or see the bulletin board next to the History Department Office (Humanities Building 815 F).

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society Application, 2021-2022

Spring 2022 Calendar of Events 

**IP is In-Person; Z is over Zoom; H is Hybrid**


Wednesday, February 9, 7:00PM, Understanding African American Experiences Through History: Spike Lee's Blackkklansman Z

Friday, February 25, 5:30PM, Jackbox Game Night Z

Thursday, March 3, 2:30-3:45PM, Things to do with a History Degree with Emily Swafford, Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, American Historical Association H

Thursday, March 17, 7:00-8:30PM, Conversation with Scholars with Dr. Varzally IP

Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 and 7, 11:00AM-2:30PM, Unwind and Destress: Stop by for Coffee, a Candle, and a $1 Book IP

Saturday, April 16, 8:00AM-4:00PM, Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference IP 

Wednesday, April 27, 2:00PM, Understanding Asian American and Pacific Islander Experiences Through History: Music Playlist IP

Saturday, May 7, 11:00AM, Initiation Ceremony IP

Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 and 12, 11:00AM-2:00PM, Good Luck on Finals! IP