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Welcome to Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society's Lambda Eta Chapter of East Carolina University!

Our Mission

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, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

History of the National Organization

Phi Alpha Theta is an honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters. Phi Alpha Theta was established on March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas by Professor Nels Cleven. You can access the national Phi Alpha Theta page at

Our Chapter

The Lambda Eta chapter at East Carolina University was established May 12, 1966. The Lambda Eta Chapter represents the brightest historians of East Carolina University. Advised by Dr. Wade Dudley, the organization focuses on research and presentation of that research at conferences, both local and national. Our chapter has won Chapter of the Year for four consecutive years. This award is presented to chapters of Phi Alpha Theta across the nation who excel in promoting the mission of Phi Alpha Theta. We are excited to see the accomplishments of our members in 2015-2016.

Chili Night

Some of the PAT members smile for the camera at the 2015 Chili Night

Benefits of Joining Phi Alpha Theta

By joining Phi Alpha Theta, you will have the opportunity to network with fellow scholars of history at East Carolina University and across the country. There are countless opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues, conduct and present research, and pursue awards and scholarships.


To join Phi Alpha Theta's Lambda Eta Chapter, undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in History with a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Note that you do not have to be a history major, as an undergraduate, to join. Rather, you must have a passion for history, and the above course and GPA requirements. Graduate students must have completed a minimum of 9 semester hours towards their Master's Degree in History, and have a GPA of better than 3.5.

Join the award-winning Lambda-Eta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society today! Please contact the Advisor, Dr. Dudley, with any questions. Dr. Dudley's email is, and his office is Brewster A301. Below, you can find a PDF version of the Phi Alpha Theta application. Applications, complete with the $30.00 fee (cash or check made payable to Phi Alpha Theta), can be submitted to Dr. Dudley in person or placed in his mailbox. The fee includes a membership certification, four issues of the Phi Alpha Theta journal, The Historian, a lifetime membership to the national organization, and the annual chapter dues.

2015 members

To apply, please see the following link: Application

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