Phi Sigma Tau
Phi Sigma Tau
International Philosophy Honor Society
Florida Beta Chapter
Phi Sigma Tau was founded in 1930, at Muhlenberg College, as Alpha Kappa Alpha, with chapters in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Its essential purpose was and is to promote ties among philosophy departments in accredited institutions and students in philosophy nationally and, eventually, internationally.
In 1955, Phi Sigma Tau included 12 chapters in Ohio, Tenessee, Maryland, Washington D.C., New Mexico, California, and Louisiana. By 1958, the Society was admitted to full membership in the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), and by 1969, its chapter network included 55 chapters in 32 states. The Society became international in 1991 with the installation of its first Canadian chapter; and, as of September 2005, its chapter network includes over 200 chapters.
Both on the local and national levels, Phi Sigma Tau considers its organization as instrumental: a means for developing and honoring academic excellence as well as philosophical interest.
In addition to providing a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and interest in philosophy, the Society also promotes interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.
The Florida Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, at Florida Atlantic University, is the oldest chapter of the Society in Florida.