Student Organizations

Phi  Alpha Theta, History Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta 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.  We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

Phi Alpha Theta is not limited to History majors or minors.  Criteria for admission include the following:

  • 12 credit hours in History
  • 3.1 GPA in History
  • 3.0 GPA overall

For more information, please contact our faculty advisor, Chet DeFonso, and visit the local chapter website at: or the national website at

NMU History Club

The NMU History Club strives alongside Phi Alpha Theta to promote similar goals but without the membership qualifications of that honors society.  We meet with Phi Alpha Theta to share ideas and resources, but see our mandate as the inclusion of all members of the NMU community in the cultivation of interest in history and the pursuit of historical truth.

For more information, please contact our faculty advisor, Chet DeFonso.

Student Michigan Education Association

The Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA) is a pre-professional organization for people preparing for the teaching profession in any of the higher education institutions in Michigan and who are not regularly employed as educators by an educational institution or agency.