Social Work, B.A.

Student Organizations and Activities

The Social Work Association

The Social Work Association is a student club representing students’ interests in community affairs, fundraising, and social justice issues. As a recognized university student organization, the Social Work Association receives a stipend to organize five activities each semester, such as educational, social, fundraising, co-sponsorship, and community service events. All social work majors and minors are encouraged to join.

Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society

The Department of Social Work was accepted into the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society in 2011 (Rho Mu Chapter). Phi Alpha is for social work majors only. Interested students must meet the following membership criteria to join:

  • Must be at least a Sophomore with Social Work as a declared major
  • Completed eight (8) hours of required social work courses
  • Achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Achieved a 3.25 GPA or higher in required social work courses

Interested students are encouraged to visit the Phi Alpha Honor Society website. For information about membership, contact Lorri McMeel at

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Advocacy Day

Social work students from Lewis University have attended Advocacy Day in Springfield, IL - an event sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers - Illinois Chapter. This activity is a great opportunity for our students to meet with lawmakers and support current legislation and other issues affecting social, public and health policy. For more information, visit the Advocacy Day page on the NASW-IL website.

Peer Ministry

Students who love helping others and want to serve their community might be a good fit for the Peer Ministry program at Lewis University. Peer ministers help their classmates with whatever issues they might face by sharing advice, encouragement and useful resources while representing God’s love. Not only will students build great relationships with the Lewis community, but they will gain valuable experience listening, serving and helping others.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is a national organization devoted to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Best Buddies chapter at Lewis matches students with such individuals to develop one-to-one friendships, where students help them gain confidence, build connections outside of their home and find fulfilling activities.