Social work organization at Convocation

School of Social Work Student Organizations

The Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society

Students enrolled in the School of Social Work at UNCW can join the Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha by meeting all of the following requirements:

  • Completed a minimum of 9 semester hours of required social work courses
  • Achieved an overall GPA at UNCW of 3.0 or better
  • Achieved an overall GPA of 3.25 or better in all social work courses

Main Campus Site

Phi Alpha Application


The concept of a national social work honor society came from a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan State University in 1960. Investigation revealed that local chapters existed at three schools. Those three schools, along with a few other schools, formed a National Honor Society Committee in November, 1960. For more than a year, this committee worked on the constitution and other administrative matters. The name Phi Alpha and the symbols of keys were adopted from the local chapter which existed at Florida State University.

The constitution and formal organization was completed in 1962, and six chapters qualified to become "charter chapters." They were Florida State University, Michigan State University, Ohio North University, Central State College, University of Dayton and the University of Tennessee. Over 243 chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing.

The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO)

The SSWO is open to all UNCW students who have an interest in participating in altruistic activities and learning more about the profession of social work. A small membership due is required for membership. The organization hosts activities that range from fund-raising for charities to participating in local service events. There are two chapters of the organizations:

Main Campus Site

Onslow Site

Association of Self Care for Future Health Professionals

The Association of Self Care for Future Health Professionals (ASC) at The University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks to provide an atmosphere for current majors in the College of Health & Human Services to learn valuable self-care skills and build resiliency against burnout, both while at UNCW and when they enter their future careers in human service. This organization targets the unique stressors that students within CHHS face in pursuit of their education and preparation to work in the field of health and human services. This association will combat the issue of high burnout rates in professionals engaged in direct human service work by encouraging students to develop the necessary skills which would prevent stress and fatigue whilst in the educational and work setting. By incorporating an interdisciplinary approach, this organization encourages students to work collaboratively with other disciplines in the field of human services. This is an important skill to develop while a student at UNCW, as interdisciplinary teamwork is the modality utilized when providing care for individuals in the field of health and human services. Any student within CHHS is highly recommended to attend regular meetings and events sponsored by ASC. If you're interested in joining, please complete this interest form.