Requirements for Eligibility

On the front of the Phi Beta Kappa key, a pointing finger symbolizes the ambition of the young scholars who founded the organization. Three stars symbolize the three distinguishing principles of the Society: friendship, morality, and literature (scholarship).

On the back of the key are the letters S and P, initials for the Latin motto Societas Philosophiae, or "philosophical society."

Phi Beta Kappa are the Greek initials of the motto Philosophia Biou Kubernetes, love of wisdom, the guide of life.

General Criteria for Eligibility

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is by invitation, not application. Election is on the basis of scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences, broad cultural interests, and good character. Only students in the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE), the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and other select programs are eligible. Students are considered automatically during their final semester of study, provided that they have applied for graduation by the university deadline.

Transfer students should be aware that to be considered for Phi Beta Kappa, they are required to have completed a minimum of 45 FIU credit hours prior to their semester of graduation. All students should be aware that intermediate level competency in a foreign language is required, and must be documented on the Panther Degree Audit (PDA).

Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is an honor conferred upon fewer than ten percent of each graduating class. Students do not apply for membership but are selected prior to each of the three graduation periods (Summer, Fall and Spring graduation) by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter as a whole, after a careful review of the academic records of each eligible candidate. Members are elected in their senior year, after they have applied for graduation by the University deadline.

Election is based upon the evidence of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character. Candidates for membership in course should have a distinguished record of performance in liberal arts courses, exclusive of professional and vocational training, internships, and practica. They should demonstrate a broad exposure to the liberal arts - fine arts, humanities, languages, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences - as well as substantial work in areas outside their major.

Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is wholly within the discretion of the members of this chapter, subject only to the limitations imposed by the chapter constitution and bylaws. No right to election shall adhere to any student solely by reason of fulfillment of a minimum grade point average for election to membership in course.

Although the honor bestowed by membership in the Society recognizes academic achievement, the qualifications for election to Phi Beta Kappa are entirely independent of the academic policies of Florida International University, and it should not be assumed that fulfillment of the requirements for graduation render one automatically eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa.