Phi Sigma Tau
Admitted to ACHS: 1958
Founded at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA 1930 as Alpha Kappa Alpha. Incorporated October 21, 1955 as Phi Sigma Tau
No of Active Chapters: 186
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 1
Total Membership: 38173
Annual/current Membership: 1255
Publications: Dialogue, PST Newsletter
PURPOSE: To serve as a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy; to promote student interest in research and advanced study in this field; to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit; to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in this field; to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students are eligible for active membership if they have completed three semesters or five quarters of the college course, rank in the upper thirty-five percent of their class, and have completed at least two semester courses or three quarter courses in philosophy with an average grade of over the second highest grade of the working scale. Graduate students are eligible if they meet the requirements established for undergraduates, or if they have completed at least one-third of the residence requirements of the masterís degree with a grade average of at least half on the highest grade of the working scale and half in the second highest grade.
MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Local chapters serve the schools in which they are functioning by promoting the longest ideals in philosophical education. Meetings involve student presentation of papers, outside speakers, debates on philosophical issues, etc. Since 1955, the society has published twice yearly a journal Dialogue, devoted to student contributions.
OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. David E. Gibson, Executive Secretary, Humanities Division, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263-4225
Tel: (805) 482-0138 Fax: (310) 506-7307