Student Organizations

The Department of History supports two very active undergraduate student organizations, the Ohio University History Association (OUHA) and the Epsilon-Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the nation History Honor Society.

OUHA is an organization open to all students with an interest in history. Although mainly a social organization, OUHA also familiarizes students with the history community on and off campus, builds connections with professors, and helps students understand the advantages of being a history major. OUHA promotes several annual events and activities such as movie nights, forums and brown bag lunches, trips to historical sites, etc. For more information in the organization, students can check the OUHA Facebook page, or contact the organization’s faculty adviser, Dr. Mariana Dantas (

The Epsilon-Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta seeks to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of knowledge and ideas among historians. The organization is open to all students with an interest in history who meet the following requirements:

There is also a one-time initiation fee of $45 that includes lifetime membership in Phi Alpha Theta and four issues of the society’s journal, The Historian. (

Members of Phi Alpha Theta enjoy the possibility of participating in regional conferences, organized by individual chapters, and the biennial national convention; and qualify to apply to different prizes and awards, such as cash prizes for best papers and dissertations, and undergraduate and graduate scholarships. In the past four years, OU chapter members have attended two biennial national conventions and several regional conferences, and twice received the Lynn W. Turner Prize of $500 for the best paper by an undergraduate student member of Phi Alpha.

You can find more information on Phi Alpha Theta at:

If you have questions about the OU chapter, or if you are interested in applying for membership, please contact the Phi Alpha Theta faculty adviser Dr. Jessica Roney (