Who are we?
The Phi Beta Kappa society was first established at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia during the Revolutionary War era. Phi Beta Kappa was the first society to introduce the now common facets of college societies such as the Greek Letter name, an oath of secrecy, a badge, mottoes in Latin and Greek, a code of laws, an elaborate initiation ceremony, as well as many other traditions. Over the last two centuries Phi Beta Kappa has dropped some traditions, such as secrecy, but has kept its core values of freedom of inquiry and expression.
Today, the Phi Beta Kappa Society has expanded to be the oldest and most prestigious honors society in the country, with chapters at over 276 universities and a total membership of over half a million. Invitation to join the society is a great honor, with only 10% of the total arts and sciences graduates being invited to join the society.
What do we do?
The Alpha of Florida Chapter at the Florida State University strives to provide interesting inquiry and freedom of expression at the University. Currently, some of the ongoing projects of the society include guest speakers of varying backgrounds, seminars on graduate schools and other continuing education opportunities, as well as occasional member socials.
Unlike many of the other University honor societies at the Florida State University, Phi Beta Kappa is a professor active honors society. What this means is that professors continue to contribute and participate in the honor society. This gives a great opportunity for undergraduate students to meet and socialize with important and leading professors in their fields.
Why our Honor Society?
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is a society that will continue to show your quality well after graduation. Joining and participating in Phi Beta Kappa shows your excellent academic achievement as well as a commitment to continuing inquiry and expression. Companies across the country understand and appreciate the honor of being a Phi Beta Kappa member.