Phi Alpha is a National Social Work Honor Society. Membership signifies academic and social dedication to the profession. Its motto is “Through knowledge, the challenge to serve.”
The purpose of Phi Alpha 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.
The concept of a national social work honor society came from a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan State University in 1960. In 2005, Bethany College developed a chapter of the social work honor society, Phi Alpha. The Nu Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha has the following membership criteria:
1. Declared Social Work as a major.2. Achieved sophomore status.3. Completed 9 semester hours of required Social Work courses.4. Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.5. Achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required Social Work courses.6. Maintained active membership in the Social Awareness Club.