Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society for the liberal arts. The first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary; there are now about 280 chapters at prestigious colleges and universities throughout the country. Less than ten percent of undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences at these institutions are selected for lifetime membership.

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The Society sponsors activities to advance the study of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.  For more information, please visit the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s website.

Wake Forest University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Delta of North Carolina, was established in 1941 with the induction of 10 student members.  With the growth of the University, we now induct about 85 students a year–about 8% of the graduating class. About 100 faculty and staff are chapter members.



Announcing Visiting Scholar Dava Newman on September 24-25

by September 13, 2018
Dava Newman

The Wake Forest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce that Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the first female engineer to serve as NASA Deputy Administrator, will visit Wake Forest University Sept. 24 and 25. An expert on Read more »

Initiation 2018


On April 10, 2018, the Wake Forest Chapter inducted 72 students into Phi Beta Kappa. Professor John J. Korzen, Director of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic and Associate Professor of Legal Writing at the Wake Forest Law School addressed the new members. In recognition of his achievements, Professor Korzen was awarded Read more »

Visiting Scholar: Dr. Judith Carney

by January 26, 2018
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Dr. Judith Carney, professor of geography at UCLA and recipient of three distinguished teaching awards, is this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.  She will give a lecture titled “Seeds of Memory: Food Legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” at 6:00 pm on February 19, 2018 at the Old Salem Visitor’s Center auditorium Read more »