Phi Alpha Theta is the National History Honor Society. The society describes their mission as the promotion of "the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians." The Society seeks "to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways."
Every year, SUNY Cortland's History Department inducts top students into the Nu Omicron Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Inductees must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Eligible candidates must also be in the top 35% of their class. Students enrolled in an online program are not eligible.
Students inducted into Phi Alpha Theta at the Spring 2012 Awards Ceremony included: