Given below is a selection from the bylaws of the Notre Dame Phi Beta Kappa chapter specifying the criteria used in selecting students.
Article III. Election and Admission of New Members
Section 1. Members in course shall be elected primarily on the basis of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character. Juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters or the College of Science and are candidates for the liberal bachelor's degree may be considered under the following conditions:
a. The candidate shall be majoring in liberal subjects and studies and be taking a degree program at least three-fourths of which is in liberal works.
b. The candidate shall have completed at least three full semesters of work in residence at the University of Notre Dame and be fully registered for the fourth semester.
c. Juniors shall be elected only under exceptional circumstances.
d. Grades earned in applied or professional work shall not be counted in computing the quality point ratio for purposes of eligibility. Applied and professional work shall be understood to include all training intended to develop skill or vocational techniques.
e. Weight shall be given to the breadth of the program of each candidate as shown by the number and variety of courses taken outside the major. Weight shall also be given to balance and proportion in the candidate's degree program as a whole.
f. Candidates shall have demonstrated a knowledge of mathematics and of a foreign language at least minimally appropriate for liberal education. Ordinarily this shall mean not less than the intermediate college level in a foreign language and two semesters of college mathematics.
Section 2. Students electing a combined curriculum in such fields as engineering may be considered if
a) they complete at least the same number of hours in liberal work as are required for candidates in Section 1,
b) they have already completed at least half of the requirements for a liberal major, and
c) they meet all other conditions stated in Section 1 above.
Section 3. Subject to other provisions of the chapter Constitution and these By-Laws, students who complete their college course at the end of the summer session and become eligible at that time may be considered with the eligible group of the next academic year. Students who complete their college course at the end of the fall semester and become eligible at that time may be considered with the eligible group of the spring semester.
Section 4. The number of undergraduates elected from any class, including those who may be elected as juniors, shall not exceed ten percent of the undergraduates expected to receive the liberal bachelor's degree in that class.
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