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Phi Beta Kappa
Kappa of Illinois at Loyola University of Chicago

Kappa of Illinois Membership Criteria
for Members in Course

The following items governing membership in course, based on the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Model Chapter Bylaws, were adopted by the chapter members on December 7, 1995, and were last amended in 2013. The foreign language and math requirements are effective Spring 2015 based on June 2011 revisions to the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Stipulations Concerning Eligibility for Membership in Course

  1. Eligible students must be candidates for a bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences or in St. Joseph's College, provided that the latter are majoring in a major offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. At least three-fourths of the 120 credits required for graduation must be in the liberal arts or sciences, as defined by the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Stipulations Concerning Eligibility for Membership in Course and our chapter's Classification of Course work as Liberal Work. These Stipulations require that certain work of an applied or vocational nature not be counted as liberal arts work, and this is reflected in the chapter's Classification.
  2. Weight shall be given to the breadth and depth of study in liberal arts and sciences, taking into account the number, variety, and level of courses taken outside the requirements of the major, and the proportion of the candidate's overall program those courses constitute. Consideration shall also be given to the number of elective courses taken above the introductory, or general education, level.
  3. Effective Spring 2015: Candidates shall have demonstrated, by successful work in high school or college, or in the two together, a knowledge of a second or non-native language at least minimally appropriate for a liberal education. In no case shall this mean less than the completion of the intermediate college level in a second, or non-native, language, or its equivalent. See details on the Foreign Language Requirement below.
  4. Effective Spring 2015: The candidate's undergraduate record shall include at least one course in college-level mathematics, logic, or statistics, with content appropriate to a liberal arts and sciences curriculum. The course should introduce the student to mathematical ideas, abstract thinking, proofs, and the axiomatic method. Realizing this requirement at LUC will require completing one of the following (or obtaining corresponding AP or transfer credit):
  5. Nominations for membership in course shall be made by the Committee on Members in Course. All eligible students meeting the minimum grade point and credit hour requirements will be selected initially for nomination. The list of potential nominees from the two qualifying Colleges will be forwarded to their respective undergraduate deans and the chairs of the department(s) in which each potential nominee is majoring as well as the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in order to ascertain that the potential nominees' files do not contain evidence which suggests that they do not meet the requirement of good character deemed necessary for a member in course. Then the Committee on Members in Course will submit a list of all nominees meeting the academic and character requirements to the members of the chapter. Election shall be by secret ballot and shall require an affirmative vote by three-fourths of the resident members present.
  6. For elections as a junior, the candidate shall have completed at least five semester of college work and be registered for a sixth semester. The candidate shall have earned at least 75 semester hours of course work, at least 60 of which must be at Loyola University Chicago, and be registered for sufficient course work so as to have earned at least 90 hours by the end of the sixth semester of course work. All sixth semester juniors meeting the course work requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 and above shall be placed on the list of potential nominees.
  7. For election as a senior, the candidate shall have graduated at the January commencement or be scheduled for graduation at the May commencement during the year of election. The candidate shall have earned or be scheduled to earn at least 90 semester hours of course work at Loyola University Chicago. All seniors meeting the course work requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 and above shall be placed on the list of potential nominees.

Foreign Language Requirement

Candidates for election must demonstrate intermediate level proficiency (as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in at least one language other than English.


Classification of Course work as Liberal Work

Both our chapter bylaws and the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Phi Beta Kappa Society's Stipulations Concerning Eligibility for Membership in Course require that three-quarters of the credits required to earn a bachelor's degree be liberal arts work and that work of an "applied or professional" nature not be counted in computing grade point averages for purposes of eligibility. The following rules will determine how these standards will be applied in our chapter.

  1. Credit earned in College of Arts and Sciences departments (except for courses related to teaching, e.g. ENGL 393 or LATN 373) will be considered as liberal arts work and counted in grade point calculations:

  2. Credit in Economics will be considered as liberal arts work and counted in grade point calculations, providing the student is enrolled in a program leading to the awarding of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

  3. Credit in Physical Education, Military Science, and English as a Second Language will not be considered as liberal arts work and will not be counted in grade point calculations.

  4. Courses which will not be considered as liberal arts work and which will not counted in grade point calculations include, but are not necessarily restricted to:
    • Communication - CMUN 101, 125, 131, 133, 140, 146, 232, 234, 235, 238, 251, 256, 257, 259, 262, 263, 265, 266, 267, 271, 315, 317, 319, 326, 335, 339, 350, 367, 369, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 396-397
    • Computer Science - COMP 101, 102, 104, 120, 125, 150, 170, 171, 219, 260, 264, 266, 271, 272, 275, 281, 300, 305, 320, 330, 332, 333, 336, 337, 338, 339, 343, 346, 348, 350, 351, 353, 364, 366, 370, 373, 374, 382
    • Criminal Justice - CRMJ 309, 322, 323, 375, 380, 390
    • Fine Arts and Music - FNAR 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 123, 124, 126, 129, 131, 132, 146, 170, 190, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 231, 232, 233, 235, 246, 260, 263, 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 332, 333, 334, 346, 347, 348, 368, 370, 380, 381, 382, 383, 391, 392, 393, 398
      MUSC 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 142, 186, 282, 283, 284, 285, 386, 387
    • International Film and Media Studies - IFMS 115, 204, 215, 232, 233, 235, 238, 240, 328, 330, 333, 339, 383, 384, 398
    • Political Science - PLSC 385
    • Statistics - STAT 396, 397
    • Theatre - THTR 142, 235, 241, 242, 243, 244, 252, 253, 254, 261, 262, 266, 267, 268, 269, 275, 300, 301, 303, 305, 312, 321, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 341, 343, 347, 348, 368, 369, 371, 372, 375, 376
    • The Committee on Members in Course reserves the right to decide whether or not a particular course not listed above, including internships, topic courses, and independent study courses, will be counted as liberal arts work.

  5. Credit from the School of Business Administration, School of Education, and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work will not be considered as liberal work and will not be counted in the grade point calculations.

  6. Transfer credit from other institutions will be evaluated in the same manner as comparable course work at Loyola.
Adopted December 7, 1994

Modified March 29, 2000 and March 3, 2006


 
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