Honor Societies

The Department of History at Radford University supports two honor societies for undergraduates who have excelled academically in their chosen field of study. Phi Alpha Theta recognizes students who have achieved excellence in the study of history, and Pi Gamma Mu, acknowledges students who have demonstrated outstanding work in the social sciences.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose purpose is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  

Phi Alpha Theta seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together both intellectually and socially; and it encourages and assists historical research and publication by its members.*

The Tau Kappa Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has existed at Radford University since 1972.  Every semester, usually in November and in April, new members are inducted. To qualify, undergraduate students must have completed at least 12 semester hours in history. In addition, applicants must have earned a 3.0 grade point average overall, and a 3.1 grade average in all history courses taken.

Members of the Tau Kappa Chapter meet to discuss historical issues and scholarship, among themselves and with faculty members. They are also active in supporting History Day at Radford University and in helping to bring public speakers to campus.

For further information, please contact Dr. Richard Straw at (540) 831-5873 or rstraw@radford.edu.

*From, "This is Phi Alpha Theta: International Honor Society in History"

Pi Gamma Mu

Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest honor society on the Radford University campus. The Virginia Epsilon chapter at Radford University was chartered in 1928, when the university was just 18 years old. The organization is dedicated to the promotion of the Social Sciences in all of its multifaceted aspects and encourages both the development of leadership skills and social service. Included among the Social Sciences are the four core areas of History, Political Science, Geography, and Economics, as well as Sociology and Anthropology, International Relations, Social Psychology, Social Philosophy, Criminal Justice, and Social Work.

For further information, please contact Dr. Sharon Roger Hepburn at (540) 831-5147 or  shepburn@radford.edu.