In 1985, CSULB's Center for International Education (CIE) desired to find a way to formally recognize
their students, staff, and faculty. Wanting to honor the specialized
achievements of international students, U.S. students returning from
study overseas, international scholars, staff involved in international
education, and faculty engaged in scholarly endeavors, CIE set-out to
find an honor society to fit their needs.
existing national honor societies, CIE deteremined that none of the
options were appropriate for their specific focus on the international
experience. A campus committee was formed and soon the Phi Beta Delta honor society, a group focused
on international education and exchange, was born to both honor
academic acheivements and to serve as a catalyst for international
- To recognize the scholarly achievement of international students
and scholars, who have studied abroad and faculty and staff who are
involved in international activities.
- To serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming.
- To provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors.
- To extend this network to thousands of members in chapters throughout the world.
The Greek letters stand for the following:
- Phi (philomatheia) –love of knowledge;
- Beta (biotremmonia) –valuing of human; and
- Delta (diapheren) –achieving excellence.
The colors chosen for the honor society were red and gold. Red
symbolizes the strength and diversity of humankind and gold is a symbol
for the sun from which all people and cultures draw strength and life.
The crest of the
Society was designed with a globe, a torch, the sun, a book, and a
shield. The globe represents the international perspective of the
Society’s members. The torch symbolizes the leadership and influence of the Society. The sun stands for the energy in from which all cultures draw strength. The book symbolizes the coining and sharing for knowledge. The shield represents the preservation of academic freedom. The Society’s motto – Scientia Mutua Mundi (World’s Shared Knowledge) – is inscribed at the base of the crest.
idea is to build a Society in which we, as international scholars, will
maintain fellowship, and in which sound scholarship will be recognized.
The goal is not merely to honor international scholarship, but to
excite and expedite it.”
- Karl W.E Anatol, CSU-Long Beach