Phi Beta Kappa

Chapter News & Events


Fall Chapter Meeting
3:30 PM, Thursday, October 24, 2013
PBK Conference Room (Holden Hall 206)




Fall Chapter Social
5:00 PM, Friday, August 30, 2013
The Rawls Course at Texas Tech

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Students Inducted into 2013 Class
April 25, 2013
Lanier Center, TTU School of Law

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Lambda of Texas Wins Best Public University Chapter in the Nation
September 7, 2012
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Multigenerational PBK Family
Texas Tech Professor Mary Jane Hurst and family recognized by Phi Beta Kappa Society
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Phi Beta Kappa

Welcome to the web site of Texas Tech University’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Chapters were formed shortly thereafter at Harvard and Yale, and the society has been in continuous existence ever since. 

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and, arguably, the most prestigious academic honorary in the United States.  Only about ten percent of U.S. universities have been granted the right to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and only about ten percent of graduates with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences at these distinguished institutions are selected for lifetime membership. 

With its roots established during the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa has for more than two centuries fostered the principles of freedom of inquiry and freedom of thought and expression.  These ideas, symbolized on the society’s distinctive gold key, promote the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience, and creative endeavor.  The letters Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) represent the Greek initials of the society’s motto: “Love of learning is the guide of life.”