Health Sciences & Social Work

Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha Honor Society - Kappa Sigma Chapter

The purpose of the Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. 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 Kappa Sigma Chapter of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for social work students was introduced and approved in December 2001. Charter members were initiated during the 2001-2002 academic year. Each semester, academic status is reviewed and qualified majors are invited to join in honor of their achievements. View the Phi Alpha Constitution.

National Chapter



  • President Erica Hartman
  • Vice-President Maggie Self
  • Secretary Camille Husko
  • Treasurer Lizette Campos
  • Karen Zellmann, Phi Alpha Advisor


Eligibility is reviewed after grades are posted and received by the social work department. Students are invited to join during the semester following the one in which they meet the criteria below. (Fall inductees: Eligibility based on previous spring semester, or summer semester if courses are taken. Spring inductees: Eligibility based on previous fall semester.) Students not currently eligible may be invited to join in a subsequent semester once they have fulfilled the requirements.

Eligibility Criteria  (to be met at end of previous semester)

  1. Formally admitted to Social Work Program as a full major (SCLWK). Acceptance letter and major declaration on file in SW office.  
  2. At least a sophomore status
  3. 9 semester hours of required Social Work courses completed 
  4. Rank in the top 35% of their class