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: 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 »

Initiation 2017


  On April 13, 2017, the Wake Forest Chapter inducted 69 students into Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College and Presidential Endowed Chair of Southern History, addressed the new members.  Many parents, siblings and friends were in attendance.  Thanks to all for making this such a Read more »

Visiting Scholar: Dr. Daniel Rodgers

by September 23, 2016

Dr. Daniel Rodgers, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Emeritus, at Princeton, will be coming to Wake Forest through the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.  He will be giving a public lecture on Monday, October 17 at 5:30pm in the Kulynych Auditorium of the Byrum Welcome Center.  The talk Read more »