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.

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Submissions from 2013

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

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2013 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference Program, Phi Alpha Theta

Submissions from 2012

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Heroes or Villains: Placing Narcocorridos in the Mexican Corrido Tradition, Sarah Berry

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Disappearing Act: Argentina During The Dirty War, Greg Garcia

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Beyond Wilderness, Duke Morton

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2012 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference Program, Phi Alpha Theta