Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is America’s oldest collegiate honor society. Founded in 1776, its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding liberal arts students at leading colleges and universities. The Society champions the liberal arts — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

The Gamma Chapter of Tennessee was established at Rhodes College on December 5, 1949. Our chapter was the 143rd in the nation to be chartered; there are currently 290 chapters in the United States. In addition to recognizing outstanding students and awarding the college′s highest academic honor, the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize, our chapter sponsors lectures by distinguished visiting scholars. For two years in a row (2011–13), Gamma of Tennessee has been recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation.

To give to Phi Beta Kappa, please indicate "Phi Beta Kappa" on the Rhodes Online Giving page, or contact Nicki Soulé at the Development Office: (901) 843-3740; email

Upcoming Events (2018):

Thursday, March 15: Lecture by MacArthur Fellow Dr. Marc Shell, "Islandology," 7pm Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall
Friday, April 27: Junior Phi Beta Kappa inductees announced at Awards Convocation
Friday, May 11: Annual induction ceremony, with an address by T. Alan Harris (Peyton Nalle Rhodes Prize recipient, 1987)


November 2: Visiting Scholar Lecture by Dr. Ayanna Thompson (7pm, Hardie Auditorium)
February 9-10: Visiting Scholar lecture by Dr. David Weiman
April 28: Junior Phi Beta Kappa inductees announced at Awards Convocation
May 12: Annual induction ceremony, with an address by Paula Millirons Koelle (Peyton Nalle Rhodes Prize recipient, 1985)