Requirements for Induction

Standards for election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa are established by Phi Beta Kappa at the national level and adapted for use at the local level. National stipulations for election to membership as undergraduates in Phi Beta Kappa include the following :

  1. Eligible students shall be candidates for a bachelor's degree in a College of Arts and Sciences or its institutional equivalent.
  2. They shall be majoring in an area of the liberal arts or sciences. If departments of economics, music, political science, or other subjects normally offered in a College of Arts and Sciences are classified in another division of the institution, students majoring in these subjects may be considered if they are candidates for a bachelor's degree in a College of Arts and Sciences.
  3. They shall include not less than 90 semester hours (or the equivalent) of liberal work among the 120 hours ordinarily required for the degree, exclusive of required courses in physical education and any military science.
  4. Students electing a combined curriculum in such fields as law, medicine, dentistry, or engineering may be considered if they take at least 90 semester hours or the equivalent of liberal work in a College of Arts and Sciences, complete at least half of the requirements for a liberal major, and meet all of the other requirements defined in these stipulations.
  5. Grades earned in applied or professional work shall not be counted in computing the grade-point average for purposes of eligibility. Applied and professional work shall be understood to include those courses intended primarily to develop skills or vocational techniques in such fields as business administration, education, engineering, home economics, journalism, library science, military science, physical education, communications, secretarial studies, speech, and applied art and music.
  6. Weight shall be given to the breadth and proportion of the program of each candidate as shown by the number and variety of courses taken outside the major.
  7. Candidates shall have demonstrated in mathematics and foreign language knowledge appropriate for a liberal education.

The Stipulations Concerning Eligibility for Membership in Course were adopted by the Phi Beta Kappa Council in 1952.

Chapter stipulations include:

  • Candidates must be in the top ten percent of the graduating class and have taken a broad range of course work. (As indicated by the national rules, induction is not simply based on grade point averages though the average does tend to be above a 3.8.)
  • The Alpha Chapter of Arkansas inducts only seniors who are majoring in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Inductees may not have more than 32 hours of transfer credit.
  • Undergraduate research and special academic projects or experiences will also be considered.