The off-campus Bachelor of Social Work degree at Appalachian

Learn to combine compassion, policy and process to improve the lives of others with a Bachelor of Social Work. Distance Education at Appalachian State University connects you to a robust curriculum designed to prepare you for entry-level professional practice in a wide variety public and private social welfare agencies, organizations and programs.

Study for this degree includes the social, economic and political processes involved in the development and change of social service institutions, the dynamics of human behavior and the intervention methods and their applications to a wide variety of situations and clients.

Develop knowledge and skills to work with diverse clients and communities in a variety of human service agencies, providing direct services and advocating for human rights and social and economic justice.

The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Find your purpose-oriented career with Distance Education at Appalachian.

Department of Social Work

Degree details

Program format

Full-time option

  • Daytime courses, spring and fall
  • Social work field instruction in final semester - 32 hours/week
  • Completion time: 2.5 years

Part-time option

  • Two evening courses, typically, per semester, year-round
  • Full-time final semester
  • Social work field instruction in final semester - 32 hours/week
  • Completion time: three years

Admission Requirements

The following are criteria required for entry. After admission, you may need additional transfer hours. The hours delivered by Appalachian and your transfer hours must equal 122 hours by the end of the program.

To determine how your coursework transfers to Appalachian, please visit the Transfer Equivalency Search.

Program Requirements

Before finishing this program, you must also have met Appalachian’s General Education requirements.

Students are responsible for meeting any deadlines for lower division/foundation courses:

Course name Course number Deadline
Principles of Biology BIO 1201 (BIO 110 or 111) Prior to entrance (PT & FT)
Cultural Anthropology ANT 1415 (ANT 220) Prior 3rd sem (FT)
Prior last sem (PT)
General Psychology PSY 1200 (PSY 150) Prior to entrance (PT & FT)
Introduction to Sociology or Social Problems SOC 1000 (SOC 210) or SOC 1100 (SOC 220) Prior to entrance (PT & FT)
American Government PS 1100 (POL 120) Prior to or with SW 3330 (PT & FT)
Social Deviance or Abnormal Psychology SOC 2020 (SOC 242) or PSY 2401 (PSY 281) Prior to 3rd sem (FT)
Prior to last sem (PT)


County Location Semester Start Application Deadline

Burke (full-time)

ASU Center at Burke

Fall 2017

July 1, 2017

Catawba (part-time)

ASU Center at Hickory

Fall 2018

July 1, 2018