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Requirements for Membership

Phi Beta Kappa

 

  1. The student must be a candidate for a liberal arts degree (BA, BS) with a liberal arts and science major (all majors at Millsaps except Accounting, Business Administration, and Education). At least three-fourths of the work required for a degree must be in liberal arts and sciences.

  2. A minimum of one-half of the work required for graduation must be completed at Millsaps.

  3. The student must have had, or be taking in the spring of their senior year, one course in mathematics, Survey of Calculus (MATH 1210) or above, which must be taken for a letter grade. AP credit is currently not accepted for this election requirement, but the following change will be implemented for students graduating in December 2016 and later:

    Evidence of proficiency in mathematics at the level of Survey of Calculus (MATH 1210) or above. The mathematics requirement will be met through Millsaps course credit that appears on a student's academic record. That credit can be earned through courses taken at Millsaps or at another institution of higher learning, or through AP, IB, or A-level exam credit that has been applied to a student's record as Millsaps course credit, or through a score on a departmental proficiency or placement exam, provided that the student places at a level above Survey of Calculus.

  4. The student must have had, or be taking in the spring of their senior year, one course in a foreign language at the intermediate level (2000) or above, which must be taken for a letter grade. AP credit is currently not accepted for this election requirement, but the following change will be implemented for students graduating in December 2016 and later:

    Evidence of proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level (2000) or above. The language requirement will be met through Millsaps course credit that appears on a student's academic record. That credit can be earned through courses taken at Millsaps or at another institution of higher learning, or through AP, IB, or A-level exam credit that has been applied to a student's record as Millsaps course credit, or through a score on a departmental proficiency or the appropriate SAT-II language exam, provided that the student's score merits exemption from intermediate-level language study. Students who complete their high school educations in a language other than English may submit their transcripts and evidence of language competence to the chapter for consideration, normally no later than their junior year.

  5. A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.70 based on seven or more semesters of work (Grades earned in courses for applied or professional work that are intended primarily to develop skills or vocational techniques are not counted in computing GPA for the purpose of election to Phi Beta Kappa).

  6. Transfer students must meet the GPA requirement both on work done at Millsaps and on their college work as a whole.

  7. No more than ten percent of the liberal arts and sciences graduates may be elected to Phi Beta Kappa from a graduating class. The requirements above are only the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not necessarily guarantee election to membership. The limitation of electing no more than ten percent of a graduating class necessarily implies that more stringent criteria will have to be applied if the number of candidates who meet the minimum requirements exceeds that percentage in any year.

  8. With the help of the Office of Records and the Dean of Students, a committee of the chapter goes through student transcripts of prospective graduates in the spring, recalculating GPA where necessary, and determines the pool of students who meet the minimum requirements. Records and the committee calculate the number that would represent no more than 10% of the likely liberal arts and sciences graduates. The chapter then meets and considers the pool of eligible candidates ranked by GPA but without other identifying characteristics (i.e., no name or major is indicated) and determines those who will be invited to become members. An initiation ceremony for new members followed by a chapter banquet is held toward the end of spring semester each year.