PREAMBLE

We, the members of the Theta-Upsilon Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, by the Authority of the Chancellor and through subscription to the regulations and policies of the university, do establish the constitution to govern the activities of this organization.

ARTICLE ONE: NAME

The name of this organization shall be Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society (hereafter referred to as ‘Phi Alpha Theta’) and the local University of California, Los Angeles (hereafter referred to as ‘UCLA’) chapter of Theta-Upsilon.

ARTICLE TWO: PURPOSE

Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society and through the local UCLA chapter (Theta-Upsilon) seeks to promote excellence and the enjoyment of history through interaction with history professors, fellow students, and various activities.

ARTICLE THREE: MEMBERSHIP

SECTION ONE: Undergraduate Membership

In accordance with the prescribed requirements set by the national organization of Phi Alpha Theta, general membership is open to those undergraduate students of UCLA who have:

  1. Completed at least 3 college-level history courses at the time of application.
  2. Maintained a minimum 3.1 GPA in all college-level history courses and a minimum 3.0 GPA in two-thirds of all non-history college-level courses.
  3. Submitted one check for $60 (payable to Phi Alpha Theta).
  4. Submitted a copy of the most recent DPR or unofficial transcript.

Membership is not limited to history majors.

SECTION TWO: Graduate Membership

In accordance with the prescribed requirements set by the national organization of Phi Alpha Theta, inducted membership is open to those graduate students of UCLA who have:

  1. Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours toward their Master’s Degree.
  2. Maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  3. Submitted one check for $60 (payable to Phi Alpha Theta).
  4. Submitted a copy of the most recent DPR or unofficial graduate transcript.

SECTION THREE: Faculty Membership

In accordance with the prescribed requirements set by the national organization of Phi Alpha Theta, inducted membership is open to those faculty members of UCLA who:

  1. Taught history at the university level.
  2. Currently rank above Instructor.
  3. Submitted one check for $60 (payable to Phi Alpha Theta).

All faculty members of Phi Alpha Theta, in accordance with the prescribed requirements set by the national organization of Phi Alpha Theta, receive the same membership rights and privileges.

SECTION FOUR: AD HONOREM MEMBERSHIP

There shall be a distinction between ‘general membership’ and ‘ad honorem membership’. All members are eligible to wear Phi Alpha Theta honors regalia at university commencement ceremonies. Ad honorem members will be formally recognized at the end of the year banquet with a special certification and a gift from the Theta Upsilon Chapter. The requirements for ad honorem membership shall be determined by the officers of the Executive Board and published within thirty days after the beginning of the academic year. If the requirements for ad honorem membership are not published by the Executive Board within thirty days of the beginning of the academic year, the requirements for ad honorem membership shall not be applicable to the graduating class of that academic year.

ARTICLE FOUR: OFFICERS

The officers of this organization shall be at least President, Vice President, Treasurer, Membership Director, Academic Director and Faculty Advisor(s). These officers shall constitute the permanent officers of the Executive Board. Any additional Officer positions shall be determined based on need and be voted on by the current Executive Board.

ARTICLE FIVE: MEETINGS

Membership meetings shall take place at least once per quarter. Special meetings may be called as needed by the President and approved events may be organized by any member of the Board. Meetings of the Executive Board will be convened twice per quarter and additional meetings held as deemed necessary by the President. These meetings will be open to the public- unless otherwise noted- and the date, time and location published. The Executive Board is also required to meet once a month with the Faculty Advisor.

ARTICLE SIX: PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

The rules contained in “Robert’s Rules of Order” shall govern the proceedings of this organization, except in such cases as determined by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE SEVEN: AMENDING BYLAWS AND THE CONSTITUTION

The constitution and bylaws may be amended at any Phi Alpha Theta meeting by a procedure to be determined by the Executive Board. The bylaws must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure that they remain current. After they are revised by the Executive Board, they must be voted on by members in accordance with the established procedure. The changes shall be in agreement with existing University regulations and shall be filed with the Center for Student Programming immediately upon adoption.