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Membership Election - Criteria

The Selection Committee shall elect Members-in-Course based upon candidates’ broad cultural interests, scholarly achievements, and good moral character.  In assessing cultural interests and scholarly achievement, the Selection Committee shall be guided by the following criteria:

  1. Liberal Coursework.  At least three-quarters of the candidate’s undergraduate coursework must be in the liberal arts and sciences.  Courses in business, design, education, engineering, performing arts, health care administration, health science, kinesiology/physical education, military science, music performance, nursing, physical therapy, and recreation/leisure studies do not qualify as liberal studies courses.  A complete list of acceptable vs. non-acceptable courses is available (spreadsheet)
     
  2. Minimum Number of Units.  Juniors and non-graduating seniors must have completed a minimum of 75 total college units, including at least 60 units at CSULB.  Graduating seniors and recent graduates must have completed a minimum of 60 total college units in residence at CSULB by the time of graduation. 
     
  3. Minimum Grade Point Average.  Juniors and non-graduating seniors must have a 3.800 minimum grade point average in all coursework completed at CSULB, as well as in all college-level work taken at other institutions.  Graduating seniors and recent graduates must have a 3.700 minimum grade point average in all coursework completed at CSULB, as well as in all college-level work taken at other institutions. 
     
  4. Breadth.  Candidates for election to Membership-in-Course must have demonstrated a reasonable breadth of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences outside of their major.  The requirements of this subsection may be satisfied by having completed: (1) a minor, (2) a second major, (3) at least four upper-division courses distributed as a minimum of two classes in two different disciplines within the liberal arts or sciences other than in the candidate’s major, or (4) at least three upper-division courses outside of one’s major that are related to an interdisciplinary theme (e.g., environmental studies, international studies, etc.).
     
  5. Rigor.  Mere completion of the requirements listed in this Section shall not qualify a student for election as a Member-in-Course unless the totality of the student’s academic record also evidences sufficient rigor as assessed by the sound judgment of the members of the Selection Committee. 
     
  6. Language Requirement.  Candidates for election to Membership-in-Course must demonstrate a minimum of an intermediate-level knowledge of a foreign language either by: (1) a minimum AP language test score; (2) successfully completing at least three full semesters of study of a single language at the college level; (3) successfully completing a placement exam administered by a CSULB language department or program on which the student demonstrates competency at a level which meets or exceeds that associated with successful completion of a 201(A)-level language course; or (4) for those candidates whose native language is not English, demonstrating that he or she was schooled through the secondary level in the candidate’s heritage language.
     
  7. Mathematics Requirement.  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.  However, review of math courses taken will note courses taken (and grade) and reviewers will receive list of math courses, from least to most rigorous.  Reviewers will make note about rigor (this also applies to foreign language and breadth reviews – please see below).  Emphasis will be placed on the following courses and above: MATH 109 (Modeling with Algebra); MATH 113 (Precalculus Algebra); MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics); any basic calculus course, including MATH 115, 119A, or 122, or a score of “3” or higher on the AP calculus examination; MTED 211 (Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Teachers); and (6) STAT 108, an upper-division statistics course that has a significant abstract mathematics component (rather than being merely an applied statistics course), or a score of “3” or higher on the AP statistics examination.
     
  8. In keeping with the Founders’ interest in fostering not only academic excellence but also friendship and morality, invitation to Phi Beta Kappa should be extended only to persons of good moral character.