Phi Alpha, Theta Tau Chapter, is the National Honor Society for Social Work students.
Through membership, students have the opportunity to learn more about the profession, get involved with humanitarian activities, and explore career choice for the future through networking with social workers in the community.
Induction into the honor society is available to students in the top 35% of their class (by GPA) who meet the qualifications below. Inductees receive a certificate of membership and have the opportunity to purchase a medallion and honor chords to wear during graduation:
Undergraduate Student Qualifications (BSW):
- Declared Social Work as a Major
- Achieved Sophomore Status
- Completed 9 semester hours of required social work courses
- Achieved a GPA of 3.50
Graduate Student Qualifications (MSW):
- Completed one semester of course work with a minimum of 9 semester hours of social work courses
- Achieve a minimum GPA of 4.0
History of Phi Alpha
Phi Alpha was established in 1962. The purposes of the Honor Society, as stated in its brochure, are to "provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals."
Further, 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." There are over 243 chapters of the Honor Society in schools around the country, including the chapter at ASU.
Melanie O’Neil at Melanie.ONeil@asu.edu