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.



Mary Foskett Address

by September 3, 2012

The Humanities Institute recently published the full-text of Dr. Mary Foskett’s address to the Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony. “As important as your liberal arts preparation will prove to be to your future employers, professors, directors and colleagues, your liberal arts education is of immeasurable value to society, as a Read more »

Phi Beta Kappa Inductees 2012

by August 25, 2012

On April 18, sixty-two seniors, twenty-three juniors and one alumna were inducted into Wake Forest’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa — the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Click here to read the news post (from WFU News Service, April 25, 2012) Alumna Lauren-Nicole Lutz (’11), Naples, Fla. Seniors Ann Caroline Bauer, Read more »