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History Department

The History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, Western Oregon University

Alpha Iota Xi Chapter


Current Chapter President is Sarah Pearson

Current Chapter Vice President is Zach Jones

Current Advisor is John L. Rector, Chair of Social Science

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Western Oregon University's History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, was founded in 2001 by twenty-five students and faculty. Since then the chapter has annually initiated students who show academic excellence and distinction in history. The initiation ceremony reviews the stages of history and encourages students to have a life-long dedication to the society's goals.

Chapter members have been frequent participants in the Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference. At these meetings, students present research papers to a public consisting of Northwest faculty and students. Faculty members critique the papers while students offer commentary or ask questions. In the case of Western's participants, this conference helps students prepare for graduate work in history, education, and library science.


Qualifications for Membership


* Do NOT have to be a History Major or Minor

* 18 Credits of History (any level)

* 3.1 or better GPA in History

* 3.0 or better Overall GPA


* 18 Credits toward Master's Degree

* GPA 3.5 or better

* 30% completion of Master's Program

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This year's Regional Conference in Coeur d'Alene, ID: history/phiAlphaTheta/ northwestRegionalConference. php


Phi Alpha Theta Website:  http://phialphatheta. org


On April 4-6, 2013 eight of our WOU history students presented papers at the Pacific Northwest Phi Alpha Theta Conference in Portland, Oregon.

The papers that they presented were the following:


Travis Cook, graduate, "Stalin Party of One?: A Look at Domestic Political Resistance to Stalin's Collectivization Policies"


Brittney Teal-Cribbs, undergraduate, "Edgar Wallace: Dealing with the German Past."


Sarah Murphy, undergraduate, "Drug Pushers & Disregarded Side Effects: Gilded Age Education & Childhood Reform"


Kati Greer, graduate, "'Don't Shop Where Yo Can't Work:' An Examination of the Employment Equality Activism of the Seattle Congress of Racial Equality"


Jennifer Ross, graduate, "Projections of Complicity: Narratives of Rape Survivors in Wartime Bosnia, 1992-1995"


Gregory Garcia, graduate, "The War That Wasn't!  The Tokyo War Plot of 1907"


Erin Deatherage, undergraduate, "Victimization of American Indians in the Civil War."


Zachary W. Jones, undergraduate, "Metropolitan Desires and the Election of 1912: An Examination of Coos Bay, Oregon During the Progressive Era"



To see photos from this presentation and other past events click here.



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