Student Organizations

Numerous organizations offer history students and professors opportunities for engagement with like-minded scholars, teachers and public history professionals.

UMKC History Club

The UMKC History Club is open to undergraduate history majors and minors as well as honorary history buffs. It is a social group looking for fun ways to indulge its members’ love of the past. It is also a place where students exchange notes on history courses, graduate schools and careers. You may join through RooGroups.

UMKC History Graduate Student Association (HGSA)

HGSA is open to M.A. and IPh.D. history students. It is both a social and an academic organization that provides members with a sense of community and a source of professional and academic support. You may join through the RooGroups.

The American Historical Association (AHA)

The AHA is the largest professional organization, serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA is a trusted voice advocating for history education, the professional work of historians and the role of historical thinking in public life. It publishes The American Historical Review quarterly.

The National Council on Public History (NCPH)

The NCPH inspires public engagement with the past. It especially serves the needs of historical consultants, museum professionals, government historians, archivists, oral historians, film and media producers and other practitioners who seek to engage the wider public in historical inquiry.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH)

The OAH is the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. The mission of the organization is to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history. It publishes The Journal of American History quarterly.

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ)

ΦΑΘ is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history in all fields.  The society has more than 400,000 members nationwide.  It convenes regional conferences and an annual national meeting, and publishes the journal The Historian.

Contact the history clubs advisor David Freeman if you would like to be considered for admission into Phi Alpha Theta.

Additional Groups

In addition, we encourage you to seek out and join appropriate associations in the academic subfields of your scholarship. They typically offer a student rate for membership.