Stipulations on the Election of Undergraduate Members of PHI BETA KAPPAIndividual chapters determine their specific criteria for election of members; however, all candidates must meet these minimal requirements.
1) Eligible students shall be candidates for a liberal bachelor’s degree in a college of arts and sciences or its institutional equivalent.
2) They shall be majoring in an area of the liberal arts or sciences.
3) They shall include not less than 90 semester hours (or the equivalent) of liberal work among the 120 hours required for the degree, exclusive of required courses in physical education and any military science.
4) Students electing a combined curriculum in such fields as law, medicine, dentistry, or engineering may be considered if they take at least 90 semester hours or the equivalent of liberal work in a college of arts and sciences, complete at least half of the requirements for a liberal major, and meet all of the other requirements for a liberal major, and meet all of the other requirements defined in these stipulations.
5) Grades earned in applied or professional work shall not be counted in computing the grade point average for purposes of eligibility. Applied and professional work shall be understood to include those courses intended primarily to develop skills or vocational techniques in such fields as business administration, education, engineering, home economics, journalism, library science, military science, physical education, communications, secretarial studies, speech and applied art music.
6) Weight shall be given to the breadth and proportion of the program of each candidate as shown by the number and variety of courses taken outside the major.
7) Candidates shall have demonstrated, by successful work in high school or college, or in the two together, a knowledge of mathematics and of a foreign language at least minimally appropriate for liberal education.
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