International Studies Honor Society

Phi Beta Delta - Epsilon Chi Chapter

Since the 2004-2005 academic year, the IWU International Studies Program has inducted 240 junior and senior students into the Phi Beta Delta - Epsilon Chi Chapter.

The Objectives and Symbols of Phi Beta Delta:


  1. To recognize achievement in international educational interchange;
  2. To increase the recognition, credibility, and importance of the international experience;
  3. To develop a cadre of individuals - students, faculty, and staff - involved in the international experience;
  4. To create a catalyst for international academic-based programming on campus; and
  5. To connect individuals on US campuses involved in the international experience.

The members of Epsilon Chi Chapter purpose is to support the achievement of these objectives throughout the campus community of Illinois Wesleyan University.

The symbols of Phi Beta Delta include the name, colors, crest motto and medallion.

The name of the Society embodies its values:

Phi philomatheia Love of knowledge (fee low mah taya)
Beta biotremmonia Valuing of human life (bee oh  trem monya)
Delta diapheren Achieving excellence (dee ah fair en)

The colors of the Society are red and gold, symbolizing the strength of humankind and the energy of the sun from which all people and cultures draw strength and life.

The crest is presented in the colors of the Society. The globe represents the international perspective of the Society's members. The torch represents the leadership and influence of the society. The sun represents the energy from which all cultures draw strength. The book represents the coining and sharing of knowledge. The shield represents the preservation of academic freedom.

The motto - Scientia Mutua Mundi (pronounced see en tee ah   moo too a   moon dee) or "World's Shared Knowledge" - is inscribed at the base of the crest.

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