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.



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 »

Initiation 2014

by April 4, 2014
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On April 15, 2014, 56 seniors and 20 juniors were inducted into the Wake Forest Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  We also awarded an honorary membership to Mary Foskett, Professor of Religion and Director of the Humanities Institute. Family and friends joined faculty and staff chapter members in welcoming Read more »

David P. Forsythe–2013 Visiting Scholar

by August 14, 2013
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On September 16, 2013 our chapter hosted renowned scholar of international human rights, David Forsythe, who presented the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture, “The United States and Torture after 9/11.” Professor Forsythe is an alumnus of Wake Forest College.  He is currently the Charles J. Mach Professor of Political Read more »