Who We Are: OBK - Alpha of New Jersey

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious liberal arts honorary society in the United States. The organization was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. The Alpha chapter in the State of New Jersey was established at Rutgers University in 1869.

The Rutgers University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa elects outstanding juniors and seniors with the following credentials:
 

  • Students must have demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of at least the second semester of the intermediate level. For example, satisfactory completion of Spanish 132 or Modern Greek 202 would meet the language requirement; the course number for the second semester intermediate course varies by department. The language proficiency may be met by placing above the intermediate level on the foreign language placement test.

  • Students must have no record of disciplinary action.

  • To be nominated in the junior year, students must have completed 36 credits at Rutgers by the end of the fall semester of the junior year and must have a cumulative average of 3.800 or above.

  • To be nominated in the senior year, students must have completed 48 credits at Rutgers by the end of the fall semester of the senior year and must have a cumulative average of 3.500 or above.

  • Students must be pursuing a liberal arts major:

  • African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL)
    Africana Studies
    American Studies
    Anthropology
    Art History
    Astrophysics
    Biological Sciences
    Biomathematics
    Cell Biology and Neuroscience
    Chemistry
    Chinese
    Classics
    Comparative Literature
    Computer Science
    Criminal Justice
    East Asian Languages and Area Studies
    Economics
    English
    European Studies
    Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    French
    Genetics
    Geography
    Geological Sciences
    German
    History
    History/French
    History/Political Science
    Italian
    Italian Studies
    Jewish Studies
    Latin American Studies
    Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
    Linguistics
    Mathematics
    Medieval Studies
    Middle Eastern Studies
    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    Philosophy
    Physics
    Political Science
    Portuguese
    Psychology
    Religion
    Russian
    Sociology
    Spanish
    Statistics
    Statistics/Mathematics
    Women's and Gender Studies