Social Work National Honor Society Phi Alpha

Our program is a member of the national social work honor society, Phi Alpha. Our chapter, Iota Rho, was founded in 2000.

Brief history

  • Conceptualized in 1960 at Michigan State by undergraduate students. Formalized in 1962.
  • Over 275 chapters now in existence.
  • Offers membership to social work students, faculty and practitioners.


"Through knowledge - the challenge to serve."

The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to 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.

Inductees are held to higher level of ethics and professional standards.

The requirements to become a member of Castleton's chapter, Iota Rho, are a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in social work required courses, including those which are not social work courses. Please let Professor Ellenbrook know no later than April 1 if you are applying for membership. Certificates from Phi Alpha will need to be ordered by April 15. The program will pay the membership fee. You may choose at your expense an honorary cord from Castleton's College Store by April 15. In 2010, the cost was $11.00.

For more information, please contact Dr. David Ellenbrook, Chapter President.