School of Social Work

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Delta Zeta Chapter

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“Through Knowledge – the challenge to serve.”

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

National Qualifications for Individual Membership

An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements.
Declare social work as a major.

  • Currently enrolled or completed first-year internship.
  • Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Achieved a 3.50-grade point average in required social work courses.

A graduate student (CSU/UA joint MSW program) is eligible for membership after achieving the following:

  • Currently enrolled or completed second-year internship.
  • Achieved a 3.75-grade point average

Phi Alpha Honor Society Scholarship

Every year one of the Phi Alpha members with the highest GPA pursuing the Advanced Standing MSW program at CSU receives a $500 scholarship.

Program Highlights

Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, Delta Zeta Chapter was established at the Cleveland State University in 1993. During the past few years, it has become one of the most active chapters in the nation.

  • Several members pursued Masters/Doctoral studies.
  • One member received the “Best Student of the Year” Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Ohio Campus Compact.
  • Several members received Ohio Regents Scholarships.
  • Several inductees articles and poems are published in books.
  • Several members presented the invitational Student papers at the National Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors’ Conference.
  • Most of our members pass the Social Work Licensure Examination on the first attempt.
  • Members hosted the Poverty Forum, Community Empowerment Seminar, Welfare Reform Forum, Curriculum Issues, and Neighborhood Fair.

Social Work Programs at Cleveland State University

The Social Work Undergraduate Program at Cleveland State University is one of the largest in Ohio. Its Graduate Program in Social Work, (MSW) with the University of Akron, is exclusively offered through interactive television. This is the first Distance Learning MSW program in the nation and is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. In 2012 it was recognized as one of the top 1/3 Best Programs by U.S. News and World Report.

There are 11 full-time faculty members, all of whom hold Doctoral degrees.

Social Work students play an active role in numerous service projects with nonprofit human service agencies in the Greater Cleveland area. These community-based projects provide academic growth and personal development to students; develop life-long commitments to serving others; enhance the quality of life in the community; and exemplify the commitment of Cleveland State University as a service-oriented institution.

Honorary Award
Selected Recipients from Community-at-Large

Mr. Jimmy Carter
Former President of the United States

Mrs. Marcia Mockabee
President and CEO
The Urban League of Greater Cleveland

Mr. David Bergholz
Former Executive Director
The George Gund Foundation

Honorable Louis Stokes
Former United States Congressman

Mr. Paul Alandt
President and CEO
Golden Age Centers


Honorable Sherrod Brown
United States Congressman

Mr. Albert Ratner
Forest City Enterprise

Ms. Christine Link
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio

Larry L. Enterline
The Enterline Foundation

Ronald L. Berkman
Cleveland State University

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School of Social Work
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