National History Honor Society (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 (2015-2016)


Phi Alpha Theta is an excellent means to get involved with the UH Mānoa campus, form long-lasting friendships, interact with professors, and build upon your skills as a historian.

In March 2015, our chapter, Alpha Beta Epsilon, had a dominating presence at the Annual Hawaiʻi Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT). The event was held at BYUH, where many students—both graduate and undergraduate—presented their personal research projects. In addition to our success at the PAT Regional Conference in Spring 2015, our chapter won the National Best Chapter Award for 2014. After receiving this prestigious award, we have dedicated ourselves to sending Alpha Beta Epsilon members to every conference—whether it be locally, on the mainland, or globally.

This year we plan to send our members to the January 2016 PAT National Biennial Conference in Orlando, Florida. In order to fund our members’ attendance at this conference, we are continuing with our monthly $1 book sales along with other fundraising activities. We hope to have the largest UH Mānoa contingent ever at the upcoming biennial convention.

Our members’ academic interests are as varied and colorful as our members themselves, so if you are interested in presenting your own original historical research, develop your skills as a historian, and, most of all, desire to make friends and connections among fellow historians, this is the club for you! If you are interested in joining or simply want to learn more about our club, please contact us at or visit our Facebook page.


Kaitlyn Iwashita
Undergraduate President, Alpha Beta Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta