The College provides many opportunities for involvement and association in clubs and organizations which are directed to students' specific interests. The Social Work faculty encourages students to become involved in extracurricular activities as they not only broaden the college experience but serve to provide a model for future professional involvement. Campus organizations of particular interest to Social Work majors include the Social Work Student Association (SWSA), Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the Student Directed Learning Communities.
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 (at a reduced fee) are available. Membership in NASW reinforces and strengthens professional commitment, expertise and social action.
Social Work Student Association (SWSA)
The department sponsors and advises the SWSA which serves as an informational and extracurricular service activity for both Social Work majors and non-majors. The SWSA exposes students to social services and social problems and offers opportunities for fund-raising and volunteer projects that benefit community social services. The 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.
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.
An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements.
- Declared social work as a major.
- Achieved sophomore status.
- Completed 8 semester hours or 12 quarters hours of required social work courses.
- Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Achieved the required minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major.