"Phi Beta Kappa embodies the spirit which is historically that of the American College-that of liberal education... It is the purpose of a liberal education to establish close and sympathetic relations between the student and human thought in its wider expression. It appeals to the deep-rooted love of knowledge for its own sake, which is never absent from the human heart."

-An Address to Initiates of Phi Beta Kappa, Dean Edward Birge, 1917

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest, most prestigious academic honor society in the country, founded by students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Alpha Chapter of Wisconsin was founded on February 2, 1899, and still bestows students the well-regarded and prestigious honor of Phi Beta Kappa membership. To see more information, please view our "Election" tab.


Top 5 Reasons to Join PBK! 1. Get a competitive edge in the marketplace.
2. Foster friendships and lifelong learning through social, cultural education programs, and community service projects.
3. Exclusive network opportunities.
4. Continue PBK's Legacy and commitment to liberal arts and sciences.
5. Learn and grow in company of societies across the country and generations.


Phi Beta Kappa Info Sessions

To learn more about Phi Beta Kappa, you are invited to attend a brief information session.

First Info Session:  Thursday, March 26th at 4:00pm, Location: 415 South Hall

Second Info Session:  Wednesday, April 8th at 3:00pm, Location: 415 South Hall

PBK Mailing List

To learn receive PBK news and updates from our Alpha Chapter of Wisconsin, please join our mailing list by clicking this link.

Secretary's Blog

A weekly blog about issues of importance to Phi Beta Kappa and the advancement of liberal education.

  • PBK Image

    National Secretary John Churchhill with Phi Beta Kappa members

  • PBK Image

    Banquet Speaker Ryan Denu with Janet Batzli, recipient of PBK’s Excellence in Teaching Award

  • PBK Image

    Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Display Table

  • PBK Image

    2012 Initiates