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.



Visiting Scholar: Larry Silver

by January 30, 2016
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Dr. Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture:  “India Ink:  Europe’s Earliest Views of the Subcontinent” on Monday,March 21, 2016 at 5:00pm in Scales 102. This lecture will discuss European fascination with the “marvels of the Read more »

Initiation 2015

by April 28, 2015
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On April 14th, the Wake Forest Chapter inducted 67 students into Phi Beta Kappa. Professsor James Powell, chair of the Classical Languages department, gave an inspiring speech on the meaning of the motto, “Pro Humanitate.”  Many parents, siblings and friends were in attendance.  Thanks to all for making this such Read more »

Jeffrey Alexander–Visiting Scholar

by September 2, 2014
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In November, 2014 Professor Jeffrey Alexander delivered the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture: “Cultural Trauma, Social Solidarity, and Moral Responsibility: Reactions to the Holocaust and other Modern Mass Murders.”  Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale, as well as founder and codirector of the Center Read more »