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. 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 »

Initiation 2016

by September 12, 2016

On April 14th, the Wake Forest Chapter inducted 62 students into Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, addressed the new members.  Many parents, siblings and friends were in attendance.  Thanks to all for making this such a meaningful event.

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 »