The standing membership of the Chapter consists primarily of Faculty and Staff of Kansas State University who were elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at the college or university where they earned their undergraduate degree and who have registered as members of the Beta Chapter of Kansas. It also includes Honorary and Alumni members inducted by the Chapter. Others who have been inducted here or elsewhere to the Phi Beta Kappa Society may be admitted to membership in the Beta Chapter of Kansas by requesting to transfer their membership to the Chapter.
Members-in-course are inducted annually at the Chapter's April meeting into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
One does not apply for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. There is no entitlement to membership; members are selected at the sole discretion of the Members-in-Course Committee. New members are selected after a careful review of the academic records of each eligible junior and senior. Students must have a GPA of 3.7; students with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.7 may be considered if the level and depth of coursework indicate an unusually distinguished record.
Students must be candidates for the Bachelors degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, or have at least 90 hours from departments in Arts and Sciences, or have at least ¾ of their total coursework from departments in Arts and Sciences. Credits transferred from other institutions may be considered. Election is based upon breadth of study in the liberal arts and sciences, exclusive of professional training.
Students must have:
Two years of foreign language courses
One course in mathematics
Three Humanities courses (9 hours), including an upper division course (>500 level)
Three Social Sciences courses (9 hours), including an upper division course (>500 level)
Three Natural Sciences courses (9 hours), including a lab course
Not all courses in departments of Arts and Sciences count toward these requirements; students with questions should contact one of the chapter officers.