Geneva College will formally establish a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society for history students, professors and alumni. The group will welcome 25 initial members: 11 students, nine alumni and five members of the faculty.
As part of the event, guest speaker and Spanish native Dr. Silvia Martín-Hernández will present “The Church-State Symbiosis During Franco's Dictatorship: A Legacy of a Spanish Worldview.” Dr. Martín-Hernández holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Penn State University. Her research interests include postmodern metafiction, cross cultural studies and social identity in literature. She has taught language and literature classes at Penn State, Lebanon Valley College and Southern Connecticut State University.
“Membership in the organization makes students eligible to apply for annual awards and scholarships, provides the opportunity to serve as a delegate to the regional and national conventions of Phi Alpha Theta; offers students the opportunity to submit articles for publication in The Historian, the society’s official journal; and also provides the opportunity to meet other students in an academic, professional environment focused on the field of historical studies,” says Dr. Jeffrey Cole, Professor of History and Humanities at Geneva.
Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) was established on March 17, 1921 and has over 350,000 members in 860 chapters. In order to become a chapter, Geneva had to demonstrate a minimum enrollment of 1,000 students, a minimum of three full-time history faculty members who hold Ph.D.s, and a minimum of nine persons in the group.
For students to be considered for admission, they must earn minimum GPAs of 3.1 in history courses and 3.0 overall.
The ceremony will take place on March 22 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the West Reading Room of McCartney Library.
Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education. Offering nearly 40 undergraduate majors, an Adult Degree Completion Program with fully online and campus-based options, and seven graduate degrees, Geneva has programs that place students at the forefront of higher learning. Adhering to the inerrancy of Scripture, the liberal arts core curriculum fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, social and natural sciences, and experiential learning.
In the past four years, on average, 90% of Geneva students are working or in grad school within six months after graduation.