Eligibility for Membership

Eligibility for Membership in Phi Beta Kappa

The Phi Beta Kappa Society requires all of its Chapters chartered since 1952 to comply with its Stipulations Concerning Eligibility for Membership in Course (seehttp://www.pbk.org/affiliate/chaptermember.htm). Consistent with the Stipulations, our chapter’s bylaws provide that students elected as Members in Course must be candidates for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in one of these majors:

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Classics
  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • History
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Anthropology

In accordance with the Society’s Stipulations, in each spring semester our Committee for Members in Course reviews evidence of course completions and of other academic experiences of eligible students. The number of students selected should not exceed ten percent of those receiving degrees in these majors in that year.

In compliance with the Society’s Stipulations, our Committee and Chapter give weight to “the breadth and proportion of the program of each candidate as shown by the number and variety of courses taken outside the major”, and we are attentive to the Stipulation that “candidates shall have demonstrated in mathematics and foreign language knowledge appropriate for a liberal education.”

In addition to breadth and rigor in course selections, we take favorable notice of academic experiences such as the following: General Honors, presentations at Truman’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and at conferences off campus, Departmental Honors, Study Abroad, and additional foreign languages.

The chapter takes the initiative in contacting students after it has decided to invite them to membership, so it is not useful for students to send an application. Students with questions are welcome to contact officers of the chapter and the Chair of the Committee on Members in Course (see http://pbk.truman.edu/executives-and-committee-members/). You also might speak with other Resident Members (see http://pbk.truman.edu/resident-members/.)

Persons invited may obtain lifetime membership in Phi Beta Kappa with a one-time payment of moderate size, prior to initiation. Membership in other honor societies does not affect eligibility of students who are identified by our review process as candidates for Phi Beta Kappa membership. Each honor society has people loyal to it, who in future may take favorable notice of your membership. Therefore you are encouraged to give positive attention to every invitation to membership.

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