Plymouth State students will now be eligible to join Alpha Iota Lambda, PSC’s chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. The Department of Social Sciences recently received word that their petition to join this prestigious society had been successful. The official installation ceremony will take place April 10 at 1 p.m. in the Heritage Commons.
Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of history by encouraging research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. According to the society’s mission statement, “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.” The society recognizes more than 1,850 chapters in 50 states, more than any other accredited four-year college honor society.
David Flaten, assistant professor of history, explains, “It’s a participatory program that provides students with recognition of academic achievement and practical experience in public speaking and writing that are beneficial in any number of fields.”
Membership is not limited to history majors or minors. To join Alpha Iota Lambda, a student must have taken 12 credits of history at Plymouth State with a 3.1 GPA in history and a 3.0 overall GPA. In addition to the recognition of achievement conferred by induction into the society, PSC’s student members will have the opportunity to attend conventions and professional conferences, participate in local and regional chapter activities, and become eligible for a variety of academic awards and scholarships.
“This is wonderful news,” said President Donald P. Wharton. “I’m very pleased that our outstanding history students will have the opportunity to receive the recognition they deserve.”
For more information about the Alpha Iota Lambda chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, contact David Flaten at
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