History Department

Phi Alpha Theta

Omega Kappa Chapter, United States Naval Academy

Phi Alpha Theta is the National Honor Society fin History. Since its establishment in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta has grown to more than seven hundred chapters in fifty states. It has the distinction of having more chapters than any other accredited honor society, holding one of the earliest memberships in the Association of College Honor Societies. The total number of initiates since its inception is more than 240,000.

Phi Alpha Theta is comprised of chapter from properly accredited colleges and universities. All students in these institutions who have completed the required number of history courses and are maintaining high standards in all their college or university studies are eligible for membership.

Omega Kappa chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at the United States Naval Academy is the largest chapter in the Mid-Atlantic region. Although its functions and mission are no different from any other chapters, Omega Kappa chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has a symbiotic relationship with the Military History Club of the United states Naval Academy whose officers are simultaneously the officers of Omega Kappa.


Phi Alpha Theta at the Naval Academy sponsors a variety of activities each semester. Typical events include lectures, history movie nights with introductions by professors from the History Department, debates on historical issues, sponsoring special memorial ceremonies on the Pearl Harbor attack, the Battle of Midway, etc., participating in the yearly Mid-Atlantic Phi Alpha Theta regional conference, and conducting the exciting annual banquet to induct new members.

To become a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a student, irrespective of his/her major, must have completed at least 12 course units in history with a minimum grade average of 3.0 in course work and a 3.1 in history. The Omega Kappa chapter of Phi Alpha Theta welcomes qualified midshipmen from all majors to join.

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Thomas G. Burgess

Officer Representative:

  • LCDR, USN, Jonathan Chavanne

[Statistics and information related to Phi Alpha Theta are from the pamphlet "This is Phi Alpha Theta: National Honor Society in History," revised 1996, available at the National Headquarters, 50 College Drive, Allentown, PA 18104-6100].

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