Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. For more than two centuries, it has advocated the ideas of liberaleducation as a basis for a lifelong love of learning and as a way to broaden the perspectives of students, whatever their chosen field of endeavor.
The LSU chapter was installed in 1977 as Beta of Louisiana. (The Alpha of Louisiana chapter is at Tulane University.) The chapter at LSU was made possible due to the hard work of many LSU faculty who were themselves members of Phi Beta Kappa.
New members are elected by LSU faculty PBK members each year from among outstanding juniors, seniors, and fall graduates. An annual induction ceremony takes place in April.
LSU’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa also sponsors visiting lecturers as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program.
We also have a site on TigerLink.
NEWS: LSU’s chapter has been awarded the opportunity to host a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in 2016-17. On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Princeton Historian Daniel Rodgers will deliver a lecture titled “Age of Fracture: The Transformation of Ideas and Society in Modern America.” The lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the French House. Co-sponsoring the event with Phi Beta Kappa are the LSU Honors College, the Department of History, and the Eric Voegelin Institute