Department Life

We provide our students many opportunities for involvement and association in clubs and organizations which both helps them develop as professionals and allows them to explore their interests. The Social Work faculty encourages students to become involved in extracurricular activities as they not only broaden the college experience, but also serve to provide a model for future professional involvement. Campus organizations of particular interest to Social Work majors include Social Work Student Association (SWSA), and the Student Directed Learning Communities.

Social Work Student Association (SWSA)

We sponsor and advise SWSA which serves as an informational and co-curricular service activity for both social work majors and non-majors. SWSA exposes you to social services and social problems and offers opportunities for fund-raising and volunteer projects that benefit community social services. SWSA has its own by-laws and is governed by officers elected from the membership. The goal of the Association is to foster social work ideals and the impression of Social Work.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

All Social Work majors are encouraged to join our professional organization, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Student memberships are available at a reduced cost. Membership in NASW reinforces and strengthens professional commitment, expertise and social action. It also provides affirmation to employers that you are committed to the ethical practices that guide social work as a profession.

Phi Alpha

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 students into membership who have attained excellence in academics and achievement in social work.

You are eligible as an undergraduate after achieving the following national requirements:

Declared social work as a major

Achieved sophomore status

Completed 8 semester hours of required social work courses

Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0

Achieved the required minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major