WVU offers an innovative bachelor’s degree designed for adult students. The Regents B.A. 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 B.A. 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 B.A. Program has no major.
Students graduating with a Regents B.A. 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 B.A.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearCS 101 Intro-Computer Applications HN&F 171 Introduction to Nutrition MDS 401 RBA Portfolio Development PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology HUM 101 Intro-Western Civilization 1
Senior YearCOMM 305 Appreciation-Motion Pictures COMM 309 Health Communication COMM 315 American Diversity in Film COMM 308 Nonverbal Communication COMM 404 Persuasion
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- WVU has granted over 4,000 RBA degrees since the program started in 1975.
English Proficiency Requirements
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. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
"I chose the RBA program because it allowed me to use all of my undergraduate classes to help me graduate quickly. I had many diverse course credits, so it was great to find a degree program that helped me integrate them into a useful degree."