Love of Learning is the Guide of Life

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.

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  • Key Conversations with Phi Beta Kappa

    On our new podcast series, episode will feature an extensive exchange with a ΦBK Visiting Scholar. Hosted by ΦBK Secretary/CEO Fred Lawrence, a fresh installment will be released every six weeks, starting with Professor Harold Hongju Koh of Yale Law School, one of this country's leading experts in public and private international law. They discuss everything from Koh’s expansive knowledge of foreign affairs to the state of our nation to his immigrant father’s influence on his life and career.

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  • The Arts, Humanities and Sciences Need Your Voice Now

    Now more than ever, we must make the case about the value of the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa has the tools you need to make the case for the arts and sciences with local, state, and national policymakers. Find out how you can help spread the word and take action today at

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  • Shop Phi Beta Kappa

    Have you checked out the new items in our Key Collection? In addition to our tote bag and moleskin notebook, you can now wear a Phi Beta ‘cap’pa! Share your #PBKPride.

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Behind The Key

Jordan Thomas is a recent graduate of Princeton University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this past spring. At Princeton, Thomas concentrated in Public and International Affairs and received certificates in Portuguese Language and Culture and African American Studies. He is currently a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and has deferred his enrollment into Yale Law School until 2020.