Membership Criteria for Phi Alpha Theta

Membership in Phi Alpha Theta at Hampden-Sydney follows national requirements. 

• Members must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in history courses at Hampden-Sydney College. 
• Members must have a minimum GPA of 3.1 in history and 3.0 or better overall. • Members must be in the top 35% of their class. 

Members do not need to be history majors, however. 

Generally, students will be invited to apply during the spring semester. Membership dues are $40 to meet the national fees; there are no chapter fees. 


Notably, members of Phi Alpha Theta are generally recognized by the federal government as having demonstrated academic merit, and thus may qualify for starting positions at GS-7 rather than GS-5 (educational background of a bachelor's degree).