Together with the History Club, CMU's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta engages in both academic and social activities. Academic activities have included attending national and regional paper conferences and organizing faculty and graduate student research talks. Social events include the monthly movie night, when students and faculty gather to watch and to discuss historical documentaries or movies based on historical events. The organization’s biggest event is the annual spring trip to places such as Chicago, New York, or Washington, D.C., where members visit museums and other historical locations and attractions.
Members of Phi Alpha Theta are eligible for various History Department scholarships and national paper prizes and awards. Moreover, they have the opportunity to interact with History Department faculty and students who share a love and pursuit of historical knowledge.
To learn more about Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club at CMU, please sign up for the mailing and announcement list at http://groups.google.com/group/cmu-pat. (If you are not already a member of the group, click on the link that says "Sign in and apply for membership.") Up-to-date information about officers and activities is available from the same site, along with more detailed application information. Any further questions may be directed to Phi Alpha Theta's faculty advisor at CMU, Professor Doina Harsanyi.
Phi Alpha Theta Mission Statement
We are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.
— Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society