Organizations & Affiliations

Fresno State students are active in many organizations across campus and in the community.  However, the two organization which are most active for history students are the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the History Graduate Student Association.

Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society, established at California State University, Fresno in the spring of 2002, is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  All students are welcomed to participate in Phi Alpha Theta activities, and history majors are encouraged to join!

The History Graduate Student Association at Fresno State contributes to the scholarly discussion of history in the department and at the university.  The HGSA sponsors monthly talks by faculty members and other historians and sponsors an annual Graduate Student Symposium in the spring.  All history graduate students become members of this organization upon admission to the program and are invited to participate in all our events.

The History Department is also the home of the Central Valley Project for Regional and Historical Studies.  The CVPRHS works to enrich the lives of Central Valley residents through public history programs and meaningful community engagement.  By partnering with other public agencies, non-profit organizations, business groups, and individuals, CVPRHS records the history of the Central Valley from a variety of perspectives and makes this history available for public use and scholarly inquiry.

We are also affiliated to two major programs offering professional development to K-12 teachers: History Project@Fresno State and the Teaching American History Grant project.

The History Project @ Fresno State is a California Department of Education compliant NCLB professional development provider.  Its mission is to support an on-going professional dialogue that encourages teachers to learn, question, and experiment with curriculum and teaching approaches. 

The Teaching American History Grant Project (TAH) is a professional development program for social studies and American history teachers, currently available to 200 teachers in grades 5 through 12.  Components include a master's cohort, four 2-day colloquia, seven monthly seminars, and annual six-day travel study tours. 

For more information on any of this organizations and affiliations, please visit their respective pages.