Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), Theta-Pi Chapter at CSUF

The National Honor Society in History, Phi Alpha Theta, was founded at the University of Arkansas in 1921, with the intention to encourage the study of history and to recognize excellence in history. On May 31, 1962, the Theta-Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at Orange County State College (now California State University, Fullerton). Among its charter members were Bill Langsdorf (the university's first president), Giles Brown (the university's first dean of Graduate Studies), Ernie Toy (the university's first librarian), and Larry de Graaf (one of the university's founding faculty members). The chapter has won the organization's "Best Chapter Award" numerous times, and its journal, The Welebaethan, regularly receives national accolades. As of March 18, 2016, the chapter has initiated 2,031 members.

For information on Phi Alpha Theta (including the events below), please contact Dr. Jochen Burgtorf at (657) 278-3560, via e-mail, or in person (Humanities Building 735 O), or see the bulletin board next to the History Department Office (Humanities Building 815 F). You can also access more information via the society's facebook page.

2017 Scholarship and Award Recipients

Gordon Bakken Memorial Scholarship: Kenneth Pinedo

B. Carmon Hardy Memorial Scholarship: Christopher Robbins

Major Douglas Amuel La Bouff Memorial Scholarship: Zachary Guillaume

Theta-Pi Advisor’s Award: Elisabeth Jimenez

2017 Theta-Pi Chapter New Initiates

Nicholas Akutagawa • Mynor Bond • Brandon Brinkley • Bruce Casenaz • Kevin Ceballos • Nicholas Ciconte • Zoe Coker • Candice Daniel • Andrew Dixon • Rosa González • Renee Jean • Corey Kearns • Sarah Lazzaro • Hannah Legacy • Sydney Loft • Kyle Maremont • Marissa McWhorter • Kelynn Mullally • Cindy Nguyen • Carlos Pacheco • Victoria Perez • Kelsey Pierce • Ryan Pynchon • Christopher Robbins • Ana Santillan • Christopher Saravia • Derek Taylor • Christopher Vialovos • Diana Villegas • Jennifer Villegas • Kelsey Waters • Alexander Wood • Elena Yaremenko

Calendar of Events for Fall 2017-Spring 2018 (In Collaboration with History Students Association):

  • Aug. 30 (Wed.) and 31 (Thu.), 11a-2p, CSUF campus: Discoverfest

  • Oct. 14 (Sat.), 2p, Yorba Linda, CA: Museum Visit: Nixon Library. Meeting point: front entrance

  • Oct. 14 (Sat.), 5p, Brea, CA: Fall Potluck Party with Trivia and Book Prizes. E-mail RSVP requested:

  •   Oct. 31 (Tue.), 10a-230p, H-113: 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation , featuring Prof. Gayle Brunelle
  • Nov. 2 (Thu.), 7p-9p, Brea, CA: Conversations with Scholars (What’s Sex Got To Do With It? Translating and Analyzing Roger Williams’s Shorthand Notes), featuring Prof. Jessica Stern. E-mail RSVP required:

  • Dec. 2 (Sat.), 6p, Brea, CA: Holiday Dinner. E-mail RSVP required:

  • Jan. 3 (Wed.) to 6 (Sat.), InterContinental Hotel, New Orleans, LA: Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention. Info:

  • Jan. 27 (Sat.), 10a, San Marino, CA: Museum Visit: The Huntington (Library, West Hall) (Exhibition: The Reformation). Meeting point: front entrance

  •    Jan. 27 (Sat.), time/location to be announced: Spring Semester Welcome (Back) Event
  •    Jan./Feb. (dates/times to be announced), 11a-2p, CSUF campus: Discoverfest
  • Spring, date/time to be announced, Los Angeles, CA: Site Visit: General Phineas Banning Residence Museum

  • Apr. 5 (Thu.), 7p-9p, Brea, CA: Conversations with Scholars (Keep Buggering On: Studying Winston Churchill), featuring Prof. David Freeman. E-mail RSVP required:

  • Apr. 9 (Mon.) to 12 (Thu.), CSUF campus: H&SS Week. Details: forthcoming

  • Apr. 14 (Sat.), CSU Bakersfield: Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference. Details: forthcoming

  • Apr. 21 (Sat.), 1130a-2p, Coyote Hills Golf Club, Ballroom: Southwestern Luncheon, Phi Alpha Theta Initiation, and Keynote Lecture, featuring Prof. Ronald Rietveld. Tickets: $ 30 per person. More info:

  • May 6 (Sun.), time/location to be announced: End of Semester Party and Officer Elections for 2018/2019