School of Social Work Student Organizations

The Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society

Students enrolled in the School of Social Work at UNCW can join the Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha by meeting all of the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 9 semester hours of required social work courses
  • Achieved an overall GPA at UNCW of 3.0 or better
  • Achieved an overall GPA of 3.25 or better in all social work courses

History

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 symbols of keys were adopted from the local chapter which existed at Florida State University.

The constitution and formal organization was completed in 1962, and six chapters qualified to become "charter chapters." They were: Florida State University, Michigan State University, Ohio North University, Central State College, University of Dayton and the University of Tennessee. Over 243 chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing.

The Student Social Work Organization

SSWO is open to all UNCW students who have an interest in participating and altruistic activities and learning more about the profession of social work. A small membership dues is required for membership.

The organization hosts activities that range from fund-raising for charities and participating in local service events to hosting an annual trip to the Lakota Rosebud Reservation in Mission, SD, each spring.


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