Phi Alpha Theta is a history honor society whose purpose is to recognize and encourage excellence in the study of history. The Phi Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is associated with the History Department of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Although membership is academic based, many of our campus events are open to all students. Anyone with a passion for history or even a general curiosity is invited to join us for various lectures, movie nights, picnics, lunches, happy hours, museum field trips and concerts (to name a few).

Membership is not limited to History majors. For more information about membership, please click here.

If you are already a member, elections for next year's officers are fast approaching. You may talk to officers about these positions at our next event or via email. For more information, please see our events page or contact page.

The National Phi Alpha Theta Organization identifies their purpose in the following mission statement:

"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."

To learn more about the national organization, please click here.

Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention. The next national convention will take place at Disney World in Orlando, FL, on 6-10 January 2016.

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference. The next Northwest Regional Conference will be hosted by Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, on 8-9 April 2016.

PSU students interested in presenting an original research paper at either conference should contact the faculty advisor, Thomas Luckett.

      The Ranke is a student produced publication created with a focus on historical research, academia, professional opportunities, campus events and other relevant topics for aspiring historians. Traditionally printed, members have recently decided to move materials online. Although this has created a minor disruption in our usual output, we hope the new environmentally friendly and accessible format will pave a new direction for future members. For archived issues, please click here.

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