• Criteria For Membership

    The following is excerpted from Article III, Election and Admission of New Members, of the by-laws of Zeta Chapter, Minnesota of Phi Beta Kappa. Several of the criteria are mandated by the national Senate of the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, which approves all chapter by-laws and changes therein.

    Section 1

    Members in course shall be elected primarily on the basis of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character. Juniors and seniors who are candidates for the liberal bachelor's degree shall be eligible for consideration if their undergraduate record fulfilled the following minimum requirements:

    1. The candidate shall be majoring in liberal subjects and studies and be taking a course program expected to include not less than 96 semester credits of liberal work among the 128 semester credits required for the liberal bachelor's degrees;
    2. The candidate shall have completed at least three full terms of work (48 semester credits) in residence at Hamline University and be fully registered for the fourth term;
    3. For election as a junior, the candidate shall have completed at least 80 semester credits of college work. The quality of the work should be of exceptional distinction, including, for all graded work, a quality point ratio of at least 3.75, where the grade "A" carries four quality points, the grade "B" three quality points, the grade "C" two quality points, and the grade "D" one quality point. The minimum quality point ratio for election as a senior shall be 3.50;
    4. Students electing a combined curriculum in such fields as law, medicine, dentistry, or engineering may be considered if they have completed at least 96 semester credits of liberal work and have fulfilled at least half of the regular major and minor requirements for the liberal bachelor's degree;
    5. Grades earned in applied or professional work shall not be counted in computing the quality point ratio for purposes of eligibility. Applied and professional work shall be understood to include all training intended to develop skill or vocational techniques in such fields as business administration, education, home economics, journalism, library science, military and air science, health and physical education, radio, secretarial science, speech and theater, art and music. Broader liberal arts courses within these disciplines may be counted;
    6. Weight shall be given to the breadth of the program of each candidate as shown by the number and variety of courses taken outside the major. Weight shall be given also to balance and proportion in the candidate's degree program as a whole;
    7. Candidates shall have demonstrated a knowledge of mathematics and of a foreign language at least minimally appropriate for a liberal education.

    Section 2

    Subject to other provisions of the chapter constitution and these by-laws, students who complete their college course at the end of the summer session and become eligible at that time may be considered with the eligible group for the next academic year.

    Section 3

    The number of undergraduates elected from any class, including those who may be elected as juniors, shall ordinarily not exceed ten percent, and in no case shall exceed fifteen percent, of the undergraduates expected to receive the liberal bachelor's degree in that class. A maximum of one-fifth of the members elected from any class may be elected on the basis of junior standing.

    Section 4

    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 Constitution and by-laws of the chapter, and no right to election shall adhere to any student solely by reason of fulfillment of the minimum quality point ratio for election to membership in course.