Student Organizations

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society, with more that 839 chapters in fifty states, more than any other accredited four-year college honor society.  Membership includes both faculty and students.  To be considered for membership, students must have a minimum of twelve hours of history with at least a 3.1 GPA in their history courses and at least a 3.0 overall GPA.  The majority of student members are history majors, although students who meet the requirements may come from any discipline. 

The Kappa Tau chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, founded at Tennessee Tech in 1965, is an especially active chapter.  Kappa Tau's yearly activities include participation in the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, at which a number of our students have received
"Best Research Paper" awards.  In 2005, we hosted the regional conference.  Activities also include:  the always-popular semi-annual booksale for TTU students, faculty and staff, which funds all Phi Alpha Theta activities; field trips to cultural and histoprical sites; hosting the annual History Department Halloween party; a booth at the international festival, Window on the World; bringing speakers to campus; and twice-weekly tutoring for history survey courses.

New members are chosen each year and inducted in the spring at the Phi Alpha Theta Induction Banquet, attended by current student members, alumni, and faculty.  Membership in Phi Alpha Theta requires a commitment to the promotion of history through the encouragement of research, effective teaching, publication, and the exchange of ideas.  Students with qualifications should contact Dr. Susan Laningham, faculty supervisor of the Kappa Tau chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

History Club

The TTU History Club is a student organization open to all TTU students, and especially encourages the participation of those who may not be history majors, but who share an interest in learning more about the past.  Activities include field trips (most recently to a Civil War site in Nashville), film showings, and the occasional gathering for a fun activity in town.  The History Club is dedicated to promoting the University and the local community through participation in other service-related activities on campus.  Students who are interested in learning more about the club should contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Propes at 372-3616, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .