Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is bestowed by Delta of Colorado; one cannot apply for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Membership is generally limited to the top 10% of the graduating class. Juniors and seniors are screened to be certain that they meet the requirements for membership, including:

  • enrollment in an appropriate liberal arts and sciences major (no applied majors are eligible)
  • at least 75% of all course work or 90 hours in approved liberal arts and sciences courses
  • completion of 100 semester hours (150 quarter hours), at least 50 (75) of which must have been at Colorado State University. Transfer students must also meet this requirement. Transfer students must also have a minimum of a 3.0 transfer GPA.
  • minimum course requirements:
    • in mathematics: a 3-credit math class, or Phil 210, or Stat 201
    • in foreign language: 9 or 10 semester credits of University courses in a single foreign language (or transcript credit by placement)
  • an appropriate minimum GPA

Eligible students will receive invitations to join Phi Beta Kappa in the spring (typically March). Invitations are sent only once a year; both May and December graduates attend the same initiation ceremony in April. The invitation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity -- read more about why to accept at the national site.

Colorado State University students interested in Phi Beta Kappa are encouraged to contact us for more details.

Majors Eligible for Election to Phi Beta Kappa at CSU

If you are uncertain whether your major or concentration is eligible, contact us.

  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Computing Technology
  • Art
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Data Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Equine Science
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts
  • International Studies
  • Journalism and Media Communications
  • Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Rangeland Ecology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Theatre
  • Watershed Science
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Zoology