"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.

PBK Info Session

Q&A Session with PBK Faculty!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2nd and 3rd year L&S students

L&S Honors Program
Washburn Observatory
1401 Observatory Drive

Your liberal arts and science education is valuable! Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society in the College of Letters & Science that recognizes highly accomplished students in the liberal arts and sciences. Come learn more about PBK and what qualifications are needed to receive membership.

To download or view the flyer, click here.

Faculty demonstrate PBK handshake 
 Student proudly displays PBK certificate

For more information, email pbk@saa.ls.wisc.edu

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.

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Secretary's Blog

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

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    National Secretary John Churchhill with Phi Beta Kappa members

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

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    Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Display Table

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    2012 Initiates