History Student Organizations

Associated Students of History (ASH)

Students at the Lincoln Museum

ASH students visiting the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum

The Associated Students of History (ASH), winner of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student Organization Award, is an organization designed to promote history both as a field of study and as a hobby. Among its many members, ASH includes history majors and minors, education students with concentrations in history, and others interested in the study of the past. Members meet on a regular basis during the academic year to discuss historical and professional topics and to participate in the variety of history-related programs, lectures, and movies regularly sponsored by ASH. In addition, each semester ASH sponsors a free day trip to a regional site of historical interest.

Membership in ASH is open to anyone interested in history. There are no dues, fees, or obligations to join or participate in the organization's activities. Follow ASH on Facebook.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ute Chamberlin
Office: Morgan Hall 459
Phone: (309) 298-1782
Email: UE-Chamberlin@wiu.edu

Phi Alpha Theta

Students at the Illinois Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Leia Hastings (right) and co-panelist
Emmanuel Ennin (left) present papers at
Illinois Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference.
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Phi Alpha Theta, founded in 1921, is the National History Honor Society for Four Year Colleges and Universities. 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 and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. Learn more at philphatheta.org.

Western Illinois University is home to the Omicron Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Each year, our local chapter sponsors a number of activities for its members and the community at large. Professional opportunities inclue internships, conference presentations, job interview and resume skills, and scholarly publications. Phi Alpha Theta and the Associated Students of History frequently co-sponsor activities


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 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.

Download the membership application (pdf) and submit to a faculty advisor.

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Greg Hall
Office: Morgan Hall 452
Phone: (309) 298-1575
Email: G-Hall@wiu.edu

Dr. Febe Pamonag
Office: Morgan Hall 461
Phone: (309) 298-1614
Email: F-Pamonag@wiu.edu