Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha is a National Social Work Honor Society

The purpose of XI Omega Phi Alpha is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals.  Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into its membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.  The highest honor that one can receive in social work  is an invitation to join Phi Alpha Honor Society.  Phi Alpha Honor Society is assigned a meaning indicating “love of humanity.”  Phi Alpha strives to recognize, improve and further the goals of social work in the community, state, nation and world.

An undergraduate student is eligible for active membership after achieving the following National and Local Chapter minimum requirements:

  1. Have a declared social work major
  2. Have attained academic excellence not only in social work education, but also in other academic areas by obtaining an overall GPA of 3.5 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Demonstrate that they are dedicated to the idea of service to humanity
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to the standards, ethics, and goals of the social work profession.
  5. Have completed 8 credit hours of social work courses

A graduate student is eligible for active membership after achieving the following National and Local Chapter minimum requirements:

  1. Completed one term of course work with 9 semester hours of required social work courses
  2. Achieved a minimum GPA of 3.75 (based on a 4.0 scale)

*If a student qualifies for Phi Alpha for both BSW and MSW, they do not have to pay additional membership fees for MSW. The student will also receive a stole to wear during graduation and pinning ceremonies