Appalachian State University and the Beaver College of Health Sciences is open for business. Many of our faculty and staff are working remotely to encourage social distancing. Please contact us by email or call our main number at 828-262-2299 for assistance. If you need access to the building, please contact the appropriate faculty or staff member to assist you. Appalachian employees who need building access should contact their department chair or supervisor. Thank you and stay safe!

July 31, 2020

Dear Students,

The first day of fall classes, August 17, is only a couple weeks away! We hope you have had some enjoyment and time to relax this summer. Please note the following information. Any future updates will also be available on this web page.

Current University Information about COVID-19

The university's most current and comprehensive information for faculty, staff, and students, can be found here:

Fall Courses

You may be aware that there have been some changes to the schedule and format of some of the fall courses across the university. Here's how you can check your courses:

Go to and log into AppalNet Self Service > Student tab > Class Schedule Search > select term > select Subject: Social Work > Class Search.

The column headings are at the top of the page.

If the Location column indicates WEB, the course is 100% online.
If there are Days and Times indicated, the course will have some or all synchronous online meetings. If some, these dates will be listed in the NOTE FOR SECTION ABOVE. If the Time column indicates TBA, there are no required meeting times and the course is taught asynchronously.

If the Location column indicates a classroom, such as LLHS # or HCC #, the course is face-to-face or hybrid. If the Location indicates HICKRY or BURKE, with no room number, it will be taught at the ASU Center at Hickory or Burke in a classroom that has not yet been assigned. If the Location indicates HICKORY or BURKE, followed by a room number, the course will be taught at the ASU Center at Burke in the classroom listed.If the course is hybrid, the NOTE FOR SECTION ABOVE will provide the required meeting dates for the face-to-face classes and/or meeting pattern.

If you have questions about a course, please communicate with your instructor, keeping in mind that some instructors may not be available yet. If you need to drop/add course(s), you should not do so without communicating with your advisor to be sure you are staying on track with your course plan. If you are looking for courses, please note in the Sec column that sections numbered in the 100s are at the Boone campuses; in the 300s they are in Hickory or Morganton; and honors sections are numbered in the 400s.

Promoting Health and Well Being

We are in a historic time that presents us with challenges and opportunities. Students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a training regarding safety during a pandemic and we will be following public health recommendations, such as wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance from one another. As social work faculty and students, and as members of the Beaver College of Health Sciences, we share a collective responsibility to promote the health and well-being of one another and our community.

We look forward to seeing you soon, whether in person or virtually!

Warm regards,

Lauren Renkert



Welcome to the Department of Social Work at Appalachian State University! Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and housed within the Beaver College of Health Sciences, the Department of Social Work offers both undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) programs. The Department provides a collaborative and supportive community with dedicated faculty and quality instruction. We offer academic, social, service, international/study abroad, and field (internship) opportunities for students as they develop into social work professionals.

Guided by an overarching framework of social and economic justice, our mission is to promote the well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities. Our programs assist students in developing competencies for ethically and culturally competent social work practice within the distinct Appalachian culture of the region and across national and international contexts. Students in both programs complete field placements (internship opportunities) in the region in order to integrate their coursework with experiences in social service and human service agencies.

According to the National Association of Social Workers (n.d.), social workers are "people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, who want their work to make a difference" (para. 1). Social work is a growing and dynamic field, and the U.S. Department of Labor projects continued employment growth through 2022. With a degree in social work, you will be prepared for practice in hospitals and nursing homes, health departments, mental health centers, child and family service agencies, substance abuse programs, group homes and residential education programs, schools, correctional facilities, departments of social services, housing programs and shelters, domestic violence programs, advocacy agencies, legislative offices, community development and community planning organizations, non-governmental/community-based organizations, non-profit/grassroots organizations, international programs and international development, and other public and private human service agencies and programs.

We invite you to contact us to learn more about the profession of social work and our undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) programs.


See what two social workers think about the profession from their TED Talks: