Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta

honors society

Students in the history department are encouraged to join Alpha Eta Alpha, the Mercyhurst chapter of Phi Alpha Theta , a National Honor Society devoted to promoting the study of history. The society, which was established in 1921 at the University of Arkansas, recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement and promotes the study of history through research, teaching, and publication.*

Since its inception, Phi Alpha Theta has since grown to included over 800 chapters nationwide, more than any other accredited four-year college honor society.

Membership in Alpha Eta Alpha is open to all Mercyhurst students regardless of major, but students must meet the following academic requirements:

  • Completed at least 12 credit hours in history courses (four courses).
  • Possess at least a 3.1 GPA or better in history courses.
  • Possess an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Faculty advisor

Dr. Kristin Collins-Breyfogle


New Initiates, 2011-2012:
Janna Napoli
Lisa Sirois
Vincent Tarquinio

Member activities

  • PAT Regional Conference at St. Vincent College, Spring 2011

Paper presentations:

  • Ryan Maloney, (’13), “Death by Reform: Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union.”
  • Elizabeth Eidnier, (’12), “Mary Wollstonecraft: An Advocate of Equal Education.”

Forthcoming Conferences:

  • Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, Walsh University, March 23, 2013
  • Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, West Virginia University, April 6, 2013



Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center