History & Political Science Department

Organizations

Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is an international Honor Society in History and is also a professional society. The purpose of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of History through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
Contact Julie Harris - jeharris@harding.edu - Box 12247
Kevin Klein - kklein@harding.edu - Box 12247

Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is a national honor society in political science. It is open to junior, senior, and graduate students. Pi Sigma Alpha's main purposes are to bring together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics, and, to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science.
Contact Steve Breezeel sbreezeel@harding.edu - Box 12247
Lori Klein - lklein@harding.edu - Box 12247

Barristers
Barristers is Harding's pre-law club. Now over 30 years old, it is comprised of students united by a common interest in the practice of law at some future date.  Membership is open to any student sharing this interest. Activities will vary somewhat from year to year based on members' interests and needs, but past activities have included visits to law schools in Arkansas and neighboring states; question-and-answer sessions with law students, practicing attorneys, and judges LSAT preparation sessions and practice exams and moot court and mock trial exercises.
Contact Steve Breezeel sbreezeel@harding.edu - Box 12247

Undergraduate Awards and Recognition

At the conclusion of each school year, the Department of History and Social Science confers an "Outstanding Student Award" to the student from the department who has demonstrated the highest levels of scholarship.  This award is presented in chapel and noted in the Spring Convocation program.

In addition to this award, the members of the History and Social Science Department confer awards to the outstanding student in History (Phi Alpha Theta Award), Political Science (Pi Sigma Alpha Award), Public Administration, and Social Science.

2013-14 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Jake Windley
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Kate Scherer
Outstanding Social Science Major: Blake Muncy
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Chris Safley
Raymond Muncy Scholars: Marcus McCormick and Megan Sherk

2012-2013 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Laura Smith
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Catherine Hines
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): Emily Wood
Raymond Muncy Scholars: Esther Samuelson and Megan Sherk

2011-2012 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Jordan Crawford
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Alyssa Mock
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): Nicholas Rogers
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Christina Hatler
Outstanding Social Science Major: Preston Hammitt

2010-2011 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Kathleen Larkin
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Michal Key
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): James Brunton
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Ashley Shelton
Outstanding Social Science Major: Jordan Crawford

2009-10 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Tiffany Parrish
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Coulter Goodman
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): Tyler Jones 
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Robert Wilkinson
Outstanding Social Science Major: Kelsey Kitson