Phi Beta Kappa — ΦΒΚ

Eta of Minnesota Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the country and was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. It honors academic excellence and outstanding scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.

Fewer than seven percent of all U.S. universities and colleges host a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and it took nearly thirty years of effort for Gustavus Adolphus College to qualify for a chapter after a rigorous scrutiny by the national society. Further, fewer than ten percent of all graduating seniors in liberal arts majors are invited to join.

The Gustavus Adolphus College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Eta of Minnesota, was formally installed on April 7, 1983. Visit the Phi Beta Kappa Society homepage for more information and history on The Society.

Executive Committee, Eta of Minnesota Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa

Upcoming/Recent Events:

  • Honors Day Breakfast for Inductees and Families, Campus Center, Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 am

  • Induction Ceremony and Dinner, Campus Center, Monday, May 6, 2019, 5:30 pm

  • The Eta Chapter of Minnesota of Phi Beta Kappa was honored to have Dr. Phillip Deloria on campus April 23rd and 24th, 2015. Philip Deloria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, with a joint appointment in the departments of History and American Culture. He is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, where he administers student academic support, learning communities, public goods, and a range of innovations programming, from faculty pedagogy workshops to massive open online courses. He has served as president of the American Studies Association, as a council member of the Organization of American Historians, and asba trustee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of two prize-winning books, Playing Indian and Indians in Unexpected Places, and coeditor of The Blackwell Companion to American Indian History and C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions: Dreams, Visions, Nature, and the Primitive by Vine Deloria Jr. He has also written numerous articles, essays, and reviews in the fields of American Indian studies, environmental history, and cultural studies.