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 $50 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 Chapter President (2017-2018)


Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) 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. Each year our Alpha Beta Epsilon chapter works together to organize and sponsor academic conferences, raise funds for student travel, and grow as students and emerging professionals.

We have helped several students travel to destinations like Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, among others, for both research and conference presentations. We have been instrumental in organizing and sponsoring both student and professional history conferences, which have allowed our chapter members to gain real-world experience while networking with academic professionals in their field of study. We regularly host guest lecturers, whose presentations help to inform and enrich our chapter members’ academic experience. We also organize a series of historic film showings, which are always entertaining and informative.

We are proud to note that these achievements have been widely acknowledged by the national PAT community, as we have won the National Best Chapter Award the past three consecutive years!

In January, 2018, we plan to send several chapter members to the PAT National Biennial Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, mostly with funds accrued from our monthly $1 book sales. We hope to have the largest UH Mānoa contingent ever at the upcoming biennial convention.

However, above all of these great achievements, the best part about our PAT chapter is the relationships we develop with one another. Ask any one of our chapter members, and they will tell you that being involved with PAT has helped them forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

I hope that you will attend one of our meetings and see for yourself just how fun our PAT community is. I have no doubt that you, too, will see that becoming a PAT member will make your experience at UHM and in the Department of History all the more enjoyable and enriching.

If you are interested in joining or simply want to learn more about our club, please contact us at

Mahalo nui loa!

Garrett Hillyer
Graduate President, Alpha Beta Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta