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Phi Beta Kappa


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Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and, arguably, the most prestigious academic honorary in the United States. Only about ten percent of U.S. universities have been granted the right to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and only about ten percent of graduates with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences at these distinguished institutions are selected for lifetime membership.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Chapters were formed shortly thereafter at Harvard and Yale, and the society has been in continuous existence ever since.

With its roots established during the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa has for more than two centuries fostered the principles of freedom of inquiry and freedom of thought and expression. These ideas, symbolized on the society's distinctive gold key, promote the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience, and creative endeavor. The letters Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) represent the Greek initials of the society's motto: “Love of learning is the guide of life.”

News & Events
2018 Induction Ceremony
4:00 PM, April 19, 2018
Lanier Center Auditorium, TTU School of Law
War: What is it Good For?
Price V. Fishback, Ph.D.
2018 Visiting ΦΒΚ Scholar
5:30 PM, February 15, 2018
Rawls College of Business, Room 105

Price Fishback Lecture Preview
* Video Recording Now Available *
2017 Induction Ceremony
4:00 PM, April 27, 2017
Lanier Center Auditorium, TTU School of Law

Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda of Texas Chapter