OC’s history journal named best in the nation

Oklahoma Christian University’s history students rank among the best in the nation.

OC’s history honor society earned First Prize in Phi Alpha Theta’s 2015 Nash History Journal competition. OC’s chapter, sponsored by Distinguished Professor of History John Maple, competed against all chapters at universities without graduate programs in history.

Phi Alpha Theta is an honor society for college history students and professors in the United States. The group’s executive director, Jack Tunstall, praised OC’s students and professors.

“The chapter at Oklahoma Christian University stands as an example to the more than 960 chapters of Phi Alpha Theta,” Tunstall said. “The time and effort required to produce a historical journal is immense, and Dr. Maple’s willingness to undertake this task and maintain such a high standard of quality proves his and his students’ dedication to the study of history.”

This is the second time OC has earned the top prize since creating its journal 23 years ago.

In addition to this latest accomplishment, OC’s history students were named as a Best Chapter in the nation for the 20th straight year (21 times overall).

The students competed against other universities that had won five or more Best Chapter awards; they also competed against schools that have up to 3,000 students. The latter category has more schools competing than any other Phi Alpha Theta division.

The Tau Sigma journal is known as the “Oklahoma Christian University Journal of Historical Studies.” It can be read online here.

Summer 2016

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