Kamilah Mirza/ The MainstreamTable display for Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society Many students at UCC have seen the Phi Theta Kappa tables set out around campus or perhaps received emails asking students to join, however many students still don’t know what P.T.K. is. “When I hear Phi Theta Kappa, I immediately thought it was a fraternity,” said student Christian Deweese. While this is a common misconception with Phi Theta Kappa or P.T.K., it is actually an honorary society that has been functioning in the U.S. for over 100 years. Phi Theta Kappa origins began in 1918, with the original chapters in several women’s colleges.