Bachelor of Social Work Mission and Goals

BSW Mission Statement

Guided by an overarching framework of human rights, and grounded in human relationships and scientific inquiry, the mission of the BSW Program at Appalachian State University is to promote the health and well- being of individuals, families, groups and communities; prevent oppression, discrimination, social and economic injustice; and provide assistance to those in need. The BSW Program, informed by and engaged with regional, state, national, and global community contexts, aspires to provide exemplary educational opportunities. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice within the distinct Appalachian Culture of the region, as well as across national and international contexts.

BSW Program Goals

  • Provide educational opportunities to assist undergraduate students in gaining the competencies necessary for generalist social work practice.
  • Extend learning opportunities to students on the main campus as well as to those living in the High Country and surrounding communities of western North Carolina.
  • Provide classroom, community, and practice opportunities which reflect the needs of the High Country of North Carolina, and that facilitate knowledge and skills which are transferable to national and global contexts.
  • Provide a learning environment which promotes personal development, scientific inquiry, and the professional values of the social work profession.
  • Provide a curriculum that is preparatory to graduate level social work education.