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Phi Alpha Honors Society


Phi Alpha Honor Society

A National Honor Society for Social Work Students

Kappa Epsilon Chapter


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.


Phi Alpha offers membership to social work students, faculty, and practitioners.  Students from BSW and MSW programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or accepted into candidacy status are eligible for Phi Alpha membership.  The qualifications for individual membership in the Kappa Epsilon Chapter are as follows:

Undergraduate Students - An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:
          Declare social work as a major
          Achieved sophomore status
          Completed 9 semester hours of required social work courses
          Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
          Achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required social work courses

Graduate Student - A graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirement:
          Completed one semester of course work with a minimum of 15 credits
          Achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Membership is available to all full time social work faculty.

Honorary membership is awarded to persons outside the program who have made a significant contribution to the program and/or society.

Any questions about Phi Alpha Honor Society can be addressed to:

Phi Alpha Honor Society
Hendricks Hall G49
235 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444

or to:

Dr. Elaine Rinfrette, Faculty Advisor  

Officers:  2013-14 Academic Year TBA
Vice President                    

Phi Alpha Honor Society National Website