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Professional and Student Organizations

Student Chapters of Professional and Academic Organizations

Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha, a National Social Work Honor Society, began a chapter at Baylor University in 1998. The purposes of this organization are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to 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. Membership is by invitation and application.

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

  1. Declare social work as your major
  2. Complete 9 hours of social work courses (this does not include current courses)
  3. For baccalaureate students:
    1. Achieve sophomore status or higher (30+ hours)
    2. Achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and
    3. Achieve a 3.75 GPA in required social work courses
  4. For graduate students:
    1. Achieve a GPA of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale

Social Work Student Association

The School encourages social work students to participate in the Baylor Social Work Association. The purpose of the organization is to provide an opportunity through which students can participate in the governance of the School, coordinate their interests, and act cooperatively in behalf of all social work students and those they serve. The group meets at least monthly for program meetings that focus on issues relevant to their social work education and preparation for practice.

National Association of Social Workers

“The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.” (NASW brochure. For more information, visit the NASW website at: www.naswdc.org). By joining NASW, student members receive the information, contacts, and resources needed for launching a successful social work career, with a 75 percent savings on a regular membership.

Baylor Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is an organization concerned with the intellectual and social growth of graduate students at Baylor University. The GSA sponsors activities and programs that facilitate exchange of ideas, promotion of scholarly development, and cultivation of social support systems and dissemination of other information concerning graduate student life. All students currently enrolled for one or more semester hours of graduate coursework toward an advanced degree and with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or greater are automatically members of the GSA. Students desiring further information about the GSA should contact the Graduate School associate dean’s office, 254-710-3582.

Student Representation on School Committees

Student representatives on school committees are elected through the Student Organization and will receive a letter of appointment from the Chair of the Student Development Committee. Responsibilities include regular attendance and communication from students to committee and from committee to students. Student representatives who are unable to fulfill their responsibilities should resign to the Student Development Committee Chair and be replaced by appointment of the Student Organization officers.