Phi Alpha

Through Knowledge -

The Challenge is to Serve

Nu Chapter

Phi Alpha


Phi Alpha

The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is 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.

Benefits of Membership

  • Membership to a nationally recognized organization that supports high standards in social work education
  • Participation in scholarly activities and social action events
  • Working alongside student colleagues and professors to create a scholarly environment
  • Individual Scholarship Opportunities
  • Being honored with a certificate and honor cord at an induction ceremony prior to graduation
  • Chapter Service Award participation with monetary recognition
  • Potential recognition in the New Social Worker Magazine
  • Access to a list-serv to allow networking with Phi Alpha members across the country.

Nu Chapter Qualifications for Undergraduate Membership

An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following local chapter requirements.

  • Declared Social Work as a Major
  • Achieved junior status.
  • Completed 12 semester hours of required social work courses.
  • Achieved an overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Achieved a 3.50 GPA in required social work courses.

National Qualifications for Graduate Membership

A Graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements.

  • Completed one term of course work with the minimum number of social work credits as determined by local chapter.
  • Achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Local chapters may establish higher eligibility requirements.

Please note that all memberships are obtained through Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha.

Individual Lifetime Memberships are $20.00

For further information contact:  

Denetria James, LMSW
Clinical Assistant Professor
Phi Alpha Chapter Advisor
Department of Social Work
Box 70645
Johnson City, TN 37614

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