Criteria for Membership. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is highly selective and is bestowed by Theta of Minnesota; one cannot apply for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. The faculty and staff members of Theta Chapter screen and then invite CSB/SJU students to join the society each spring. Students may be considered for membership as juniors, when five semesters of grades are considered, or as seniors, when seven semesters of grades are considered.
Requirements for membership include:
- Enrollment in a liberal arts and sciences major (no applied majors are eligible)
- Minimum GPA of 3.65 for seniors and 3.85 for juniors
- Breadth and depth of coursework
- Good character
PBK chapters look for students who exhibit excellence in and commitment to the liberal arts. We look at a wide variety of evidence, not just GPA, that indicates one's independent interest in scholarship or creative activity; a breadth of interests and pursuits; interest in other cultures or languages; extracurricular activities; and academic performance. For further details, see Phi Beta Kappa's Stipulations Concerning Eligibility for Membership in Course. CSB/SJU students interested in Phi Beta Kappa are also encouraged to contact one of the Theta of Minnesota Officers or Resident Members for more information.