Phi Alpha Theta

Alpha Beta Epsilon Chapter
(University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)

Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for history students, which brings students and faculty together to share their interests in history.  The Alpha-Beta-Epsilon chapter has been very active in sponsoring and sharing history with students and the local community.  Some of the various activities sponsored include: organizing and hosting the annual Hawaiʻi regional conference, attending mainland conferences, arranging for guest speakers to present their research, participating in Hawaiʻi History Day at the district and state levels, and engaging in grant-writing and other fundraising activities to finance these activities and our social gatherings.  There are five officers, who are elected annually by the current membership of the chapter: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and historian. Members of Phi Alpha Theta are also eligible to wear Honor Cords during their Commencement Ceremony. Honor Cords are available from the Faculty Advisor.

Membership requirements to join the Alpha-Beta-Epsilon chapter are as follows:

For undergraduates, a minimum GPA of 3.1 in all college-level history courses, an overall GPA of 3.0, and the completion of at least four college-level history courses at the time of application are required.

For graduate students, a minimum GPA of 3.5 must be maintained.

At the time of application, a one-time membership fee of $40 is required of all applicants.  Membership is not limited to history majors.  For more information about joining Phi Alpha Theta, please contact us at


Welcome Note from the Undergraduate President (2014-2015)


Phi Alpha Theta is a perfect way to get involved with your school campus! It provides you a great opportunity to make long-lasting friendships with students who share your interests. In addition, Phi Alpha Theta enables you to network with History Department faculty so that you can continue to hone your skills and learn of other academic opportunities. This year we are expanding our activities and we welcome any great ideas or suggestions from our members.

Last year we made quite a splash at the PAT Biennial Convention in New Mexico sending a record number of students to represent their research. We made such an impression that our chapter, Alpha Beta Epsilon, won the National Best Chapter Award for 2014. This year we want to make it a goal to send Alpha Beta Epsilon members to every conference whether it is locally, on the mainland, or globally.  If you are interested in presenting your research, here is a perfect opportunity to represent Hawaiʻi, our chapter, and UH.

We will continue this year to do $1 book sales and other fundraisers to support the activities of our chapter.  We have also created our own Student Travel Grant to assist members with conference or research travel funds.  We also use our funds to sponsor the Annual Hawaiʻi Regional Conference each year in March.  For 2015, the regional conference will take place at BYU-Hawaii and our chapter will provide charter bus transportation for all students and faculty attending.  If you are a member interested in submitting a paper for the March conference, please contact us at

We are proud to announce that Alpha Beta Epsilon is celebrating its 31st year at UH Mānoa!  We have added several new members and our ranks are growing daily.  If you are interested in joining or attending any of our events, or if you have primary research you would like to present, please feel free to contact us at, or visit our Facebook page.

Can’t wait to meet you!

Katarina Davis
Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate President