A core part of Phi Beta Kappa's mission is to foster and promote the liberal arts and sciences. In addition to conferring membership to outstanding students, the Society is involved in a number of advocacy programs to spread the message about the benefits of a liberal arts education.

Visiting Scholars: Started in 1956, the Visiting Scholars program sends distinguished speakers to chapters across the country to meet with faculty and students and to address the school. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between distinguished visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students.

Fellows: A similar program, started by the Fellows of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, is the Fellows Lectureship. This program sends speakers to both chapters and associations of the Society.

Inductions: Held three times a year: Family Weekend, April and Commencement Weekend