Nu of Pennsylvania

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and largest academic honor society, was founded on Dec. 5, 1776, by five students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

In 1875, Phi Beta Kappa enlarged its membership to include women. The society now has more than 500,000 living members, elected over the years by chapters at colleges and universities throughout the country.

In September 1949, the 22nd Council of Phi Beta Kappa authorized the granting of charter to the members of Phi Beta Kappa officially connected with Wilson College for the establishment of a chapter of the society.

The purpose of Phi Beta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship, friendship and cultural interests, and to support excellence and integrity in pursuit of the arts and sciences. Students may be inducted into the society in their junior or senior year. Members are chosen by a committee of the local chapter, Nu of Pennsylvania.



  • GPA (3.25 seniors; 3.75 juniors)
  • At least three-quarters of the coursework completed in courses designated as liberal arts or sciences by the committee.  Applied, technical, and pre-professional courses do not count toward the minimum requirement.  A list of courses designated as liberal arts is available in the library.
  • A college level math course including PSY 115 (MAT 096 and 098 are not considered college level). 
  • Completion of the equivalent of a college-level intermediate course sequence in a foreign language. 
  • Completion of the equivalent of at least two years of coursework while enrolled at Wilson; nominations can be made in the third semester (equivalent of 3rd full time).
  • A breadth of coursework across the liberal arts and sciences with a variety of courses taken outside the major.

Students interested in membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society should discuss that with their  first-year/sophomore advisor to plan coursework accordingly.


Current Faculty and Staff Chapter Members and Officers
Faculty Members

Lisa Woolley – President
Professor of English
Jill Hummer
Associate Professor

Amanda McMenamin
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Steven Schmidt
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Abigail Berkey
Assistant Professor of Biology

Staff Members Kelly Spiese, MLIS– Secretary/Treasurer
Reference and Instruction Librarian