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History Department

Organizations

Phi Alpha Theta

The International Honor Society in History, Phi Alpha Theta, is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious academic honor societies active on college campuses. With more than seven hundred chapters and 200,000 initiates, Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose purpose is to promote the study of history, and to encourage the work of undergraduate and graduate history majors.

The society is active in organizing regional and national conferences where students can present their work, as well as in organizing study trips and local events that bring together historians at all levels to share work and information. The society also sponsors a number of scholarships and prizes to support and encourage the careers of young historians.

To join Alpha Theta Xi, the New Paltz Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, students must have completed at least 12 semester hours in history, with a GPA in history of at least 3.1, and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.

Yearly inductions for the New Paltz chapter of Phi Alpha Theta are held in the spring. If you wish to join, contact the faculty advisor in the beginning of the spring semester. You must meet all the requirements by the beginning of that semester in order to be inducted. For information about joining and orders for graduation cords, contact the faculty advisor Heather Morrison at morrisoh@newpaltz.edu. To learn more about the organization, its conferences, and scholarships, visit the website: www.PhiAlphaTheta.org.

The History Club

The History Club is a student-run organization open to all students interested in history. Participants typically meet weekly during the academic year to converse, or perhaps to watch a movie, talk about a book, or play games. The Club plans events that introduce students to professional historians and it arranges field trips to sites of historical importance. There are no limitations on joining, beyond an interest in history. To join, ask your colleagues in classes about the club, look for fliers announcing events, check the Club's Facebook page, or contact the History Club's faculty advisor, Michael Vargas at vargasm@newpaltz.edu.


Programs affiliated with the History Department

Asian Studies Program
http://www.newpaltz.edu/asianstudies/

Center for International Programs
http://www.newpaltz.edu/international/

Latin American Studies Program
http://www.newpaltz.edu/las/

Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor
http://www.newpaltz.edu/mems/

School of Education
http://www.newpaltz.edu/schoolofed/

Women’s Studies
http://www.newpaltz.edu/wmnstudies/