Selection of Members-In-Course
Selection of student members, or members-in-course, is generally made in student's senior year. A few juniors (usually no more than five) are elected each year.
There is no application process for Phi Beta Kappa. The Chapter screens students transcripts to determine if minimum requirements are met before electing new members from Eligible candidates.
The criteria for election into Phi Beta Kappa are determined by the Chapter under guidelines of the national organization. In order to be considered for election into Phi Beta Kappa, students must meet the minimum requirements as detailed below:
- Candidates must have completed a minimum of 60 hours of primarily liberal arts coursework at Trinity by graduation. Candidates for election as juniors must have completed a minimum of 75 hours of primarily liberal arts coursework at Trinity at the time of election.
- Candidates must have completed at least one three-hour college-level course in mathematics, logic, or statistics that at a minimum introduces the student to mathematical ideas, abstract thinking, proofs and the axiomatic method. The following courses meet this criterion: any course in Mathematics at the level of calculus or higher; PHIL 2340; PSYC 2401; and SOCI 3360. Advanced Placement and transfer credits are accepted. MATH 1301, 1310, and 2303 are not accepted. This requirement is not satisfied by high school experience or pass/fail work.
- Candidates must have completed at least one course in a foreign language at the intermediate level (2301) or higher. SPAN 2301, though it is the second course in the Spanish sequence, meets this requirement. Transfer credit, Advanced Placement credit, and Languages Across the Curriculum courses are also accepted. This requirement is not satisfied by high school experience or pass/fail work.
All candidates who meet the minimum standards are ranked on the basis of grade point average. Each year, a minimum GPA is set by the Chapter with no knowledge as to which candidates fall above or below that standard. Those above the minimum GPA are offered the opportunity to become members-in-course.