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Departmental Honors

Students earning departmental honors will be recognized in the following three areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism

In addition, they will receive:

  • A transcript and degree diploma printed with the distinction "Departmental Honors in Social Work"
  • An invitation to all Honors Program social and educational events
  • Invitation to Honors Nye Banquet at the end of the academic year

 

Requirements

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.25 and a GPA of 3.7 or higher in social work
  2. Demonstrate scholarship by applying to and being accepted as a member of Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society
  3. Demonstrate scholarship by:
    • Presenting individually or as part of a panel at a campus event or a local, state, national, or international professional meeting on research, theory, practice or some other topic related to social work
      OR
    • Publishing a paper individually or as part of a group of authors in a recognized professional or student journal on research, theory, practice or some other topic related to social work
  4. Demonstrate leadership by filling a leadership position with the Weber State University Social Work student organization, the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) or another local or national organization
  5. Demonstrate professionalism by:
    • Being a student member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) during the senior year
      OR
    • Providing a letter of recommendation from a practicum supervisor attesting to and describing how the student has shown professionalism in her/his field internship

Students who have not completed their General Education requirements are encouraged to take Honors General Education classes.

How to Apply

Applying for Departmental Honors

  1. Download and complete the Departmental Honors Application, available on the WSU Honors website.
  2. Meet with Mark Bigler, the Social Work Departmental Honors Advisor, who will review and sign your application.
  3. Submit the completed application to Marilyn Diamond, the Honors Program Advisor, who is located in LI 225. You will receive notification confirming your acceptance into the program.

Note: You must be admitted into Departmental Honors at least one semester before graduating.

Applying for Graduation with Departmental Honors

  1. Early in the semester of anticipated graduation, download and complete the Departmental Honors Exit Application, found on the WSU Honors website
  2. Meet with Mark Bigler, who will review and sign off on your application. 
  3. Submit the signed form to Marilyn Diamond, the Honors Program Advisor, who will clear you for graduation with Departmental Honors. You must still apply for graduation through the Graduation Office

Note: The Exit Application must be submitted prior to fall break for fall graduation and prior to spring break for spring graduation. 

Honors Advising

Dr. Mark Bigler

Social Work Department Honors Advisor
Lindquist Hall Building Room 327
801-626-6156
mbigler@weber.edu