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Regents B.A.

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Regents Bachelor of Arts Coordinator
phone: 304-293-5441

program contact

Regents Bachelor of Arts Coordinator
phone: 304-293-5441

Program Details

Program Description

WVU offers an innovative bachelor’s degree designed for adult students. The Regents BA degree differs from other baccalaureate degrees in many respects.

Credit for selected work and life experiences that can be equated with college courses can count toward the BA. Students write portfolios to obtain such credit.

The program is designed to provide a comprehensive general education without the requirement of a major. Students design a course of study that best fits their own needs.

Time, location and program requirements are designed to meet the special needs of the adult learner. As no specific courses are required for graduation, the program provides considerable flexibility in how, when and where course requirements are met. Students may earn credit through regular college courses; TV, satellite and Internet courses; correspondence courses; credit by exam; and/or writing portfolios.

There is no time limit for completing the degree requirements.

Almost all credits earned in the past from regionally accredited institutions can be transferred, although no more than 72 hours of lower-division credit from two-year community and junior colleges can count toward the bachelor’s degree.

Degree requirements include a total of 120 credits, 39 upper-division credits, and 36 general education credits (at least six hours each in communication skills, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and three hours in mathematical sciences). Students have the option of pursuing one or more areas of emphasis, which will be noted on their transcripts. The Regents BA program has no major.

RBA Areas of Emphasis
The current list of 27 AOEs is bulleted below, by academic discipline and specialty areas.

Advertising and Public Relations
Business Administration
Child Development
Communication Studies
• Creative Writing
• Literature
• Professional Writing
Foreign Language
• French
• German
• Russian
• Spanish
• Linguistics
Geography and Geology
• Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
• Geography (general)
• Geology (general)
International Studies
• Africa and the Middle East
• Asia
• The Americas
• Europe
• International Development
Political Science
• General Political Science
• Law and Legal Studies
• International and World Affairs
• Sociology (general)
• Crime and Social Control
Women’s Studies

Career Profile

Students graduating with a Regents BA degree are eligible to seek admission into graduate and professional programs. Students take the specific courses needed for admission to such programs as part of their Regents BA.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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