Student Organizations

Baylor School of Social Work Student Association

The School encourages social work students to participate in the Baylor Social Work Student Association. The purpose of the organization is to provide an opportunity for students to participate in the governance of the School, coordinate their interests, and act cooperatively on behalf of all social work students and those they serve. SWSA is divided by undergraduate and graduate students and each has a faculty advisor and their own officers. The groups meet monthly to focus on issues relevant to their social work education, preparation for practice, and student support.

The student association for MSW students, with assistance from the student development committee, plans activities that allow first year, second year, advanced standing and dual degree MSW students to get together, develop relationships, and support each other. We encourage you to avail yourself of these opportunities to build community. We want students to participate in Baylor School of Social Work Committees, and the student association is the vehicle for this. Student representation is important and allows you to have a voice in policy making, decision making, and planning in the School.

Email Sarah Ritter for more information, or call her at 254-710-1246.

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Phi Alpha is the National Honor Society for Social Work students. The Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Alpha was chartered at Baylor University in 1998. The purpose of Phi Alpha is to promote a closer bond among students of social work and to foster humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha proudly encourages high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievements in social work. To be eligible for membership you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Complete 37.5% of the required degree hours. (Standard-22.5 hours out of 60; Advanced Standing-12 hours out of 32.)
  • Overall GPA must be in the top 35% of the respective degree program (BSW, MSW, or PhD).

Invitations are sent to those students who qualify. These invitations are sent via email each semester. There will be an induction ceremony, which is considered the annual membership meeting. There are opportunities for Phi Alpha members to help in the community, as well as within the School, in the role of ambassadors for School of Social Work events.

Contact Krista Barrett for more information at 254-710-6400.