Phi Beta Kappa is America’s oldest collegiate honor society. Founded in 1776, its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding liberal arts students at leading colleges and universities. The Society champions the liberal arts — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.
The Gamma Chapter of Tennessee was established at Rhodes College on December 5, 1949. Our chapter was the 143rd in the nation to be chartered; there are currently 290 chapters in the United States. In addition to recognizing outstanding students and awarding the college′s highest academic honor, the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize, our chapter sponsors lectures by distinguished visiting scholars. For two years in a row (2011–13), Gamma of Tennessee has been recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation.