What is Phi Beta Kappa?
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society, founded in 1776. It
celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.
Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and
sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The
Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities,
the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and
in society at large.
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society, founded in 1776. It celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.
Officers of the Alpha Alpha Chapter of New York
Anthony DeBlasi, PhD
G. Brian Burke
Trudi Jacobson, MLS, MA
Jane Kessler, MLS, MBA
Malcolm Sherman, PhD
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Exploring Phi Beta Kappa and Its Members
You can explore more about Phi Beta Kappa at their site.
They have a very interesting section called "ΦBK in the News ," where one entry stated, "The name “Phi Beta Kappa” is now a common expression for “excellence” in any profession or endeavor, and references to Phi Beta Kappa appear daily in American newspapers and in other popular media in all parts of the country."
Who belongs to PBK? Seventeen U.S. Presidents, thirty-seven U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and one hundred and thirty-one Nobel laureates can be counted among the ranks of Phi Beta Kappa members. And that's not all...
Guide for Selection of Undergraduate Members at the University at Albany (abbreviated)
Faculty and staff members of the chapter review student records each fall and each spring, and then invite qualified students to join. If you are interested in being considered, you will find below the requirements for being invited to join. Currently, chapter members only review students who have earned 102 credits or more.
(over 101 cr.)
Minimum G.P.A. for a student who has a VERY WELL balanced distribution of courses, including a foreign language and a reasonable representation in EACH of 4 areas: Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Math, and Natural Sciences.
credits: at least three full
semesters of coursework or 45 credits in residence at The University at
2. Enrollment: must be registered for the current semester to be considered in a given round of review.
3. Majors: A major in the liberal arts and sciences,
with no fewer than 90 credits of liberal arts and sciences coursework among the
120 credits needed for graduation. Business,
finance, and social welfare majors are ineligible, though students with a
second major in a suitable field may be considered for election in their senior
year, if their course work includes at least 90 credits in the liberal arts and
sciences. Consideration will be given to
majors of a liberal nature, even though they may be offered outside the
4. Mathematics: 3 credits; courses appropriate for this requirement include any course with a MAT prefix, a statistics course in any department, or any course with a CSI prefix.
5. Foreign language: Two semesters of coursework with a minimum of 6 credits in a single foreign language, or at least 3 credits above the introductory course. (Courses taught in English by foreign language departments do not count toward this requirement; nor does Regents equivalency.)
6. Natural Sciences: 6 credits. Courses that satisfy the Natural Sciences General Education requirement are acceptable for PBK.
7. Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits.
8. Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 credits.
9. Courses from other institutions: If a course or courses that have been taken at another institution are needed to fulfill PBK requirements, the G.P.A. must be recalculated, and all courses taken at that institution must be included, not just the course(s) needed to fulfill the requirements. Please also note that requirements filled by AP courses are acceptable.
How does one become a member of PBK?
Students are invited to become members after a thorough review of their record indicates that they have met all the requirements as outlined on this page. It is not possible to apply for membership.
Is there a service component?
No, Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society.
Is there an annual fee?
No, the initiation fee is the only fee.