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Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for election, you must fulfill the following requirements:

You must:

  • have a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, though you may have majors in non-A&S fields as well.  (Many students we elect to membership have two or even three majors, one of which is outside of Arts and Sciences);
  • have earned a total of at least 90 A&S credits (except transfer students, see below);
  • have a minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA at Syracuse University if you have between 90 and 104 credits OR a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA at Syracuse University if you have 105 credits or more;
  • Because Phi Beta Kappa celebrates achievements in the liberal arts and sciences, candidates whose home school is not Arts and Sciences must have a 3.8 GPA (or 3.7 GPA, depending on the number of credit hours) in liberal arts courses;
  • have studied a foreign language (ancient or modern) through the intermediate level.  At Syracuse University, this means satisfying the Liberal Arts Core “Language Skills” Requirement by completing a 4-credit language course numbered 201, or by satisfying one of the “exemptions and alternatives” listed in the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.  (Under Liberal Skills Requirement, see “Language Skills”). Transfer or AP credits can fulfill this requirement.  We consider bilingual students to have met the language requirement. 
  • Demonstrate basic competence in mathematics. At Syracuse University, this means completing the “Quantitative Skills” requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Core.  (Under Liberal Skills Requirement, see “Quantitative Skills”). Transfer or AP credit can fulfill this requirement.  (Education majors:  We will also accept Mat 117 and 118).
  • Transfer students may qualify, if they meet the gpa, math and language criteria, and have earned at least 60 credits at SU over at least 4 full-time semesters, and 75% of those credits are in Arts and Sciences.
  • demonstrate good character.

 


If you have questions concerning membership please contact:

Chris E. Johnson
President
Interim Director, Honors Program
cejohns@syr.edu

Cecilia VanHollen
Vice-President
Associate Professor, Anthropology
cvanholl@maxwell.syr.edu