Whether by joining an honor society, publishing in an undergraduate journal, partnering with local organizations, or presenting at a conference, History students demonstrate their talents (and build their resumés). 


Each year History students attend and present at the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference; frequently their work earns conference awards. Faculty encourage students to attend and present at other annual conferences as well, including the Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Student Research Conference of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium, and the Greater Philadelphia Undergraduate Conference in Asian Studies. 

Here’s a story about a recent award-winning presenter, Garrett Bullock ’20. 

Undergraduate publication

When students produce exceptional works of scholarship, faculty actively encourage them to boost their resumés by pursuing publication in an undergraduate journal. Opportunities for publication are highly competitive, but History students have been published in recent years. 

Honor Societies

Phi Alpha Theta is a nationwide history honor society with over 900 chapters and 350,000 members. Each spring the UC History faculty nominate a select group of exceptional history majors in their third or fourth year of study for membership in the Ursinus Alpha Gamma Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. A new set of student officers are elected by the UC chapter annually, and graduating Phi Alpha Theta members are eligible for departmental graduation awards.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, and Ursinus is proud to host the Tau Chapter of Pennsylvania. Every year the History department nominates students for membership and some of the History faculty are themselves members.