Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta is the prestigious national history honor society. Phi Alpha Theta was established in 1921 and currently has 839 chapters at colleges and universities across the United States. VMI’s Alpha-Gamma-Mu chapter dates back to 14 May 1986.

To be inducted as a full member of Alpha-Gamma-Mu, you need to meet the following qualifications:

  • at least 12 semester hours (four courses) in History, earned in the classroom, online or through AP or transfer credits (or a combination thereof),
  • and earned a minimum of 3.10 GPA in the hours completed while in residence at VMI,
  • and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

If you do not meet the requirements for full membership yet, you can still join Alpha-Gamma-Mu as an associate member.

Induction into our chapter as a full member includes a lifetime Phi Alpha Theta membership, a membership certificate, 1-year subscription to the journal The Historian, and access to a range of chapter activities, notably:

  • movie, speaker and discussion nights,
  • conference participation, including at the annual meeting of the Society of Military History,
  • and applied history trips to Washington D.C. to meet historians of the Pentagon, the Smithsonian, or the Defense Intelligence Agency.

If you are interested in our chapter and would like to join, please contact: MAJOR Jochen S. Arndt, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor at arndtjs@vmi.edu