The Department of Social Work at Appalachian State University is guided by an overarching framework of social and economic justice. Housed within the College of Health Sciences, the Social Work Department's mission is to promote the well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities and to meet the work force needs for professional social workers, especially at the local and regional level. The undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) programs are designed to assist students to develop competencies for ethical and culturally competent generalist social work practice within the distinct Appalachian culture of the region and across national and international contexts. The graduate program is further charged with providing educational opportunities for students to develop expertise in advanced direct practice with individuals and families, or in leadership roles within community and organizational practice. Through scholarly activities and service, members of the faculty contribute to the knowledge base of the profession, enhance social work practice throughout the region and state, and support the social work profession regionally, nationally and globally.