Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society
For over forty years, the history department has been proud to have a chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. The organization has been part of Hartwick College since 1968 when Professor Emeritus of History, Leonard Pudelka, helped establish the local chapter, Nu Theta.
Phi Alpha Theta's mission states, "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 of our members in a variety of ways."
Members are inducted by invitation and must have taken at least four history classes, have a history GPA of 3.1 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.0.
In recent years, members of Phi Alpha Theta have attended its annual, regional conference. In April 2013, Hartwick College hosted the 2013 Phi Alpha Theta Eastern New York Regional Conference. Eighteen students presented their original historical research on topics ranging from the Athenian Navy, to witchcraft, to the rise of Christianity in South Korea. Four Hartwick College students (Danielle Alesi '13, Sarah Bliss '13, Megan Clampitt '13, and Angela Vincent '15) won awards for Best Presentation on a panel. In April 2014, Hartwick College students once again presented their original historical research at the Eastern New York Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, where two Hartwick history majors (Danielle George '14 and Jordan Kortright '15) won awards for Best Presentation on a panel and one (Ben Detar '16) was awarded an Honorable Mention for his presentation.