Phi Alpha Theta

National Honorary Society for History 

The mission of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, teaching excellence, publication, and the exchange of ideas among historians. In fulfillment of this mission, Phi Alpha Theta endeavors to bring together students, teachers, and writers through a broad range of activities that assist historical understanding and research. First established at the University of Arkansas in March 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is now the largest accredited honor society in the United States with more than 700 chapters located throughout the nation. Visit national Phi Alpha Theta on Facebook!

Professional Opportunities With Phi Alpha Theta

  • Internships
  • Conference presentations
  • Job interview and resume skills
  • Scholarly publications

Phi Alpha Theta at WIU

Western Illinois University is home to the Omicron Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student Organization for 2010. Each year, our local chapter sponsors a number of activities for its members and the community at large. Click here for membership application. Submit the application to the local chapter advisor.  For more information on the local chapter, contact Dr. Greg Hall or Dr. Febe Pamonag, WIU's Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisors.

Phi Alpha Theta officers:

President:  Emmanuel Ennin

Vice President: Jordan Rouse

Chapter Advisors: Dr. Greg Hall and Dr. Febe Pamonag

Secretary/Treasurer: John Fuller

Public Relations Representative: Brandon Ramirez

Co-Editor:  Emmanuel Ennin

Co-Editor: Jordan Rouse

Membership Requirements

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History, and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Membership is not limited to History majors.

Graduate Students

Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s Degree in History, and have a GPA of better than 3.5.


WIU Students Present Graduate Papers at Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Emmanuel & Leia

April 20, 2022

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Graduate Assistant Leia Hastings, of Macomb, recently won the "Best Graduate Paper" award at the Illinois Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference.

Hastings, a history graduate student, won with her paper, "Ghost of Tsushima: A Video Game's Potential in an Educational Setting."

"I'm really grateful for getting the opportunity to present my work alongside my co-presenters," said Hastings. "It was a really great experience and I'm so thankful to have received Best Graduate Paper at the conference. It was such a good experience for all of us."

In addition to the paper presentation, WIU History Professor Febe Pamonag moderated a panel of WIU graduate students, titled "Samurai in History and Popular Culture." WIU history graduate students who participated in the panel discussion included Hastings, Emmanuel Ennin, of Ghana, and Zackary Baraglia, of Elmhurst, IL. Ennin presented, "Exploring the Story of Yasuke in Media and Popular Culture" and Baraglia presented "Class and Gender in Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962)."

All of the papers presented during the panel were from a graduate seminar taught by Pamonag in Fall 2021. Pamonag was also the faculty sponsor/mentor. Hastings and Ennin were awarded money from the WIU Department of History's Professor Emeritus Fund, to help with conference travel expenses and registration fees.

"It was wonderful to hear the excellent research in which Western Illinois students are engaged," said Olivet Nazarene University Assistant Professor Kyle Robertson, who organized the conference. "We were very impressed and many remarked on how fascinating the panel was. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of further collaborations between us across state."

The conference was held March 26 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.


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Spring 2013 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation


Spring 2012 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation

WIU's Phi Alpha Theta chapter sponsors an on-line journal of student research, the Western Illinois Historical Review .


Spring 2011 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation

The Spring 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference was held March 27 here at Western Illinois University. Thirty-three students from nine colleges and universities, including seventeen from Western Illinois University, presented papers at the Spring Regional Conference.


Drs. Ute Chamberlin & Ed Woell (right) with WIU participants at Spring 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

National Activities and Programs

The national organization of Phi Alpha Theta sponsors a variety of programs for the benefit of its members. Among these are biennial conventions for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty members; annual awards in recognition of outstanding papers written by the society's members; and scholarships to support the study of history at the graduate level. In addition, Phi Alpha Theta publishes The Historian , a distinguished scholarly quarterly devoted to all fields of historical inquiry.

To request further information concerning Phi Alpha Theta, its national programs, activities, and scholarships, e-mail the society at phialpha@ptd.net .


Former Faculty Advisor Dr. Lee Brice (front left) with Spring 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Intiates


Spring 2009 Phi Alpha Theta Intiation


Spring 2008 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation at WIU

Phi Alpha Theta and the Associated Students of History , the Department's other student organization, frequently co-sponsor activities.