Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA)

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The Regents Bachelor of Arts is an innovative baccalaureate degree program designed for adult students. The basic principle underlying the degree is that credit is awarded for what students know regardless of how that knowledge is obtained. The program differs from other baccalaureate degrees in that Regents’ students – in addition to taking traditional college courses – may earn college-equivalent credit for selected work and life experiences that can be equated to college courses. Students write portfolios to obtain such credit.

The Regents program assumes that adults have different needs and goals than traditional undergraduates. The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive general education without the requirement of a major. No specific courses are required for graduation, allowing students to design their own programs of study.

There is considerable flexibility in how, when, and where course requirements are met; students may earn credit through regular courses, online courses, credit by exam, and through writing portfolios.

The Regents B.A. Program was created by the West Virginia State Board of Regents in 1975. Although that board no longer exists, the degree program continues in the 10 public universities and four-year colleges in the state.

The Regents B.A. Degree Program at West Virginia University is administered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Requirements for Graduation

A. The Regents B.A. degree requires students to take a minimum of 36 hours of general education course work, as follows:

Six credit-hours demonstrating skill in writing or public speaking.

Six credit-hours of humanities in areas such as English literature, foreign languages, history, humanities, philosophy, religious studies, and approved courses in art, music, and theater.

Six credit-hours of social science in areas such as anthropology, communication studies, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Six credit-hours of natural or physical science.

Three credit-hours of approved mathematics, statistics, or computer science.

Nine credit-hours of electives from any of the above general education areas.

36 Total General Education Hours

B. The Regents B.A. degree requires students to take a minimum of 39 hours of upper division course work. Upper division courses are those offered at the junior and senior levels and are usually numbered as 300- or 400- level courses. Upper division courses take the place of a major and may be taken in any subject area or combinations of areas as students wish.

C. The Regents B.A. degree has a residency requirement of 24 hours of course work taken at public higher education institutions in West Virginia.

D. Regents B.A. students must complete a minimum of 120 credit-hours to be eligible for graduation.

E. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 (on a 4-point scale) to be eligible for graduation.