Phi Beta Kappa Requirements

Membership is awarded to undergraduate students only

Minimum Grade Point Average
Fourth-Year Students:  Minimum 3.65  
Third-Year Students:    Minimum 3.80 
In addition, no more than 10% of graduating students will be admitted.

Note, PBK requirements have changed based on the transition from quarters to semesters and changes to A&S graduation requirements.  

  • Hours have been converted to semester hour equivalents. 
  • New language requirements.
  • Students graduating Spring 2013 can qualify based on either the previous or new language requirements.

Required Hours Attempted*
Fourth-Year Students:  Minimum 90 (previously 135 quarter credits)
Third-Year Students:    Minimum 80 (previously 120 quarter credits)
*Defined as hours earning a letter grade


Acceptable Hours
75 percent of course work must be in the College of Arts and Sciences*
*Defined as those offered in the College of Arts and Sciences or accepted by the College as meeting the humanities, social science, or natural science requirements of the College; see the Ohio University Catalog.

If a student is a dual major/dual degree candidate, this 75 percent requirement may be met by obtaining 96 hours (previously 144 quarter hours) of course work in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Online Courses
Online courses may count as acceptable hours provided that the online courses were taken through the Athens campus and taught by Athens campus faculty. Online courses taught through the regional campuses will not count towards the required number of hours.

Foreign Language

BA degree
Complete two semesters at intermediate level or test into 3110 in any "second" language (previously: a two-year sequence through 213 in a single language)

BS degree
Complete one semester of intermediate level or test into 2120 in any "second" language. (previously: proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to 2 years of college study, completed as a single language or 1 year in each of two different languages.)

NOTE: High school language will no longer count towards this requirement.

Humanities and Social Sciences
24 hours (previously 36 quarter hours) of courses meeting the College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements. Nine (previously 12 quarter hours) of these hours must be in courses at the 300 level or above. Hours in one's major are acceptable.

Please reference the Ohio University Catalog for each course to determine if the given course meets the College of Arts & Sciences distribution requirements.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences
6 hours (previously 9 quarter hours) of courses meeting the College of Arts and Sciences natural science distribution requirement.


Residency Requirement
Completion of 60 hours (previously 75 quarter hours) and 4 semesters (previously 5 quarters) on the Athens Campus.

Lambda Chapter routinely screens students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors Tutorial College each spring quarter. Eligible students are elected Spring semester and letters of invitation are typically sent out 1 month prior to graduation. No application is necessary. 

Occasionally students outside the two colleges are elected if they meet chapter requirements. These students are not routinely screened and must submit their names to the chapter secretary.

You are encouraged to plan your academic program as early as possible to ensure you are eligible for membership consideration.


Dr. Paul Milazzo
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