University of Michigan History Club
The Department sponsors the University of Michigan History Club, which is open to all those interested in history, whether they are concentrating in this field or not. The Club organizes talks on faculty research, current issues of debate among historians, and may hold social activities such as field trips and movie nights. The Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies serves as supervisor of the Club, but the initiative for planning events comes from the students.
Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society
Members of the UM History Club are encouraged to join Phi Alpha Theta. The University of Michigan's chapter, Alpha Alpha Zeta, was founded in 1982 on the initiative of our students. Membership is open to any junior or senior with at least twelve hours of history credit, a GPA of 3.5 or better in history courses, and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
There is a one-time initiation fee which brings the membership privileges of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society. Members are eligible to apply for the honor society’s awards and scholarships offered each year. Phi Alpha Theta awards scholarships and other prizes on the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level. All student members are eligible to present a paper at the Biennial Convention and at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting in their area. Members receive a one year subscription to the quarterly journal, The Historian, published by the Society. Applications are available from the department Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Michigan Journal of History
The Michigan Journal of History is an undergraduate publication of historical scholarship. The Journal is staffed by students who make all editorial and organizational decisions with the support of the History Department. Read the Journal and learn more about submitting your work.
The American Historical Association
If you are considering a career in history, or even if you just want to keep up with the newest and most exciting research in the field, you should join The American Historical Association, the country’s foremost organization for professional historians. The AHA includes scholars and students interested in every imaginable topic, ranging from the ancient world to the present day and spanning the entire globe. Membership, which is only $40 a year for students, includes subscriptions to The American Historical Review, the most prestigious journal in our discipline, and Perspectives, a newsletter with information about issues and events relevant to historians. With its book reviews and cutting-edge articles, The American Historical Review will show you what questions and topics historians are working on nowadays, and allow you to spot emerging trends. Because the AHA includes historians with so many different specializations, the articles are written in a way that is accessible to a broad audience.
The Organization of American Historians
For those primarily interested in U.S. history, The Organization of American Historians offers a similar set of benefits to the AHA. For European history, students should consider a subscription to The Journal of Modern History, which covers everything from the Renaissance to the present (they have a broad definition of “modern”). The British journal Past and Present advertises itself as “the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world,” and despite the obvious self-promotional nature of that claim, most readers would agree. A full list of journals and organizations for the various subfields within the discipline of history would be too long to include here, but you can find such a directory by going to the website of the American Historical Association. Better yet, just ask the professors who specialize in the areas that interest you which journals they read and which organizations they belong to.