Through knowledge - the challenge to serve"

The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

History of Phi Alpha Honor Society

The concept of a national social work honor society came from a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan State University in 1960. Investigation revealed that local chapters existed at three schools. Those three schools along with a few other schools formed a National Honor Society Committee in November, 1960. For more than a year this committee worked on the constitution and other administrative matters. The name Phi Alpha and the key were adopted from the local chapter which existed at Florida State University. The constitution and formal organization were completed in 1962, and six chapters qualified to become "charter chapters." They were: Florida State University, Michigan State University, Ohio Northern University, Central State College, University of Dayton and the University of Tennessee. Over 110 chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing.

Qualifications for Membership

An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:

  1. Obtained admission to the BSW Program.
  2. Achieved Sophomore (30+ credit hours).
  3. Earned at least a 3.20 overall grade point average for all university course work.
  4. Completed at least 9 credit hours in required social work courses.
  5. Earned at least a 3.80 grade point average over all social work courses.
A Regular Program graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:
  1. Completed at least 9 credits of required social work courses.
  2. Earned at least a 3.90 grade point average over all graduate-level social work courses.

An Advanced Standing Program graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:

  1. Completed at least 9 credits of required social work courses.
  2. Earned at least a 3.85 grade point average over all graduate-level social work courses.

Phi Alpha Membership Requirements:

  1. Fill out application and turn in $45 fee ($35 for lifetime membership, $10 chapter dues)
  2. Attend at least one membership meeting per semester.
  3. Participate in one community service activity (not assigned to coursework) and any Phi Alpha fundraising activities.

Application - next application deadline is October 18, 2019

Phi Alpha Officers for 2019-2020

Email questions to: PhiAlpha@wichita.edu