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" (National Association of Social Workers, paragraph 1). Appalachian state offers both an undergraduate (BSW) and a graduate (MSW) degree in Social Work.
Integrated practical experience in the field is regarded as "signature pedagogy" in social work education. The Department of Social Work's Field Education Program connects students with opportunities in a variety of settings that allow them to fulfill this requirement and begin their journeys as social work professionals.
Students in both in-person and online programs participate in face-to-face Field Education experiences in or within proximity to the Boone, North Carolina area, allowing them to apply knowledge learned in the classroom, develop and hone their social work skills, and help provide service to local communities through support in needed service areas.