In both the fall and spring we induct new members into Phi Alpha Theta through an induction ceremony. To become a member of the Tau Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, you need:

  • a 3.3 GPA in History and a 3.0 GPA overall. Graduate students applying must have a 3.5 GPA in History and completed 30% of residence requirements for their graduate degree.
  • 12 credit hours of History completed, with at least 6 of those History hours taken at Baylor. Up to 6 hours of transfer credit or CBE (AP, Dual Credit, etc.) may count toward the 12 History credit hours requirement. We generally count Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) courses too!
  • to submit a Membership Application (available in the Dept. of History administrative office, Tidwell 104, or online below) and an unofficial transcript (available on BearWeb) by the deadline set for each semester.
  • once accepted, a $70 PAT lifetime membership fee is due to the main History office.

Applications should be turned in to the Dept. of  History administrative office (Tidwell 104) or to Dr. deGraffenried (Tidwell 104.24) along with a copy of your unofficial transcript. You can also email your application materials to Dr. deGraffenried at

Fillable PDF version of the application: Membership Application.