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Social Work

Student Organizations

Carthage has more than 120 student groups and organizations through which students can get involved, explore possible careers, meet other students, work closely with faculty advisors, and perform community service. The following organizations are popular with social work students. 

See a full list of Carthage student organizations

Social Work Advocacy Group

SWAG aims to promote the general welfare of its members, the College and the local community through the use of the bio-psycho-social perspective of the generalist model being taught in the Social Work Department. Activities include fundraisers and service projects to support campus and community activities.

Phi Alpha — Zeta Mu Chapter

Phi Alpha is a national Social Work Honor Fraternity. The organization’s primary focus is community service, with at least one large service project every semester. By becoming involved, students work to enhance professional relationships while striving for academic excellence. In order to be eligible, students must have a 3.25 GPA and at least two courses in Social Work at Carthage.

Circle K

An international collegiate service organization associated with Kiwanis International, Circle K promotes service, leadership and fellowship.

Pi Delta Chi

Phi Delta Chi, a women’s service fraternity, works on numerous projects for both the Carthage and Kenosha/Racine communities, including volunteering for Special Olympics and at nursing homes. Members must maintain a 2.0 and complete 10 hours of service each semester.

United Women of Color

United Women of Color provides leadership opportunities, hosts activities to enrich its members socially and academically, strengthens the image of minority women in the Carthage community, and works to build respect and tolerance between all students. Membership is open to all students.

Pals and Partners

The Pals and Partners program pairs Carthage students with community children who are identified as “at risk” because of home life or experiences in school. Carthage students provide positive role models for the children and hold activities after school.

Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma, the national honorary foreign language fraternity, aims to celebrate the cultural differences of our global society and to honor those who have excelled academically in foreign languages. The group sponsors campus educational and social events.

Black Student Union

BSU aims to provide leadership opportunities for its members, sponsor activities that furnish social and academic enrichment for black students, strengthen the image of black students in the Carthage community, work towards building respect and tolerance between all races, and foster a unified bond between all students. The group is open to all interested students.


Allies is a group of students, faculty and staff of all sexual orientations working together to make Carthage more accepting and understanding. The ALLY group sponsors social and educational events and programming to help educate and raise awareness of issues involving gender identity and sexual orientation.


ADAPT is an organization dedicated to serving and advocating the needs of disabled students. By meeting and sharing ideas and experiences, the organization works towards improving the conditions and atmosphere of the Carthage experience.

International Friendship Society

International Friendship Society brings together U.S. citizens and students from around the world. Members share cultural differences with each other, the College, and the community. The group sponsors presentations and special programs for the Carthage community. One of its main goals is to increase cultural awareness on campus.

Habitat for Humanity

The Carthage chapter of Habitat for Humanity strives to eliminate poverty. Members work with the Racine Habitat for Humanity group. Every spring break we go on an annual Collegiate Challenge trip and travel to places like Oklahoma, North Carolina and Georgia to help build homes for low income families.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a non partisan international human rights organization that focuses on specific areas and issues, writes letter/petitions, and participates in community education efforts.

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