General Education Mission

General education is “general” in several clearly identifiable ways: it is not directly related to a student‘s formal technical, vocational, or professional preparation; it is a part of every student‘s course of study, regardless of his or her area of emphasis; and it is intended to impart common knowledge, intellectual concepts, and attitudes that every educated person should possess.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg espouses the philosophy that education is both idea and act. Students are encouraged to think, to read, and to know, as well as to apply. In the general education courses, students are encouraged to challenge themselves in the following areas:

Demonstrate capabilities in

  • Reading, writing, speaking, listening
  • Abstract inquiry
  • Logical reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Technological proficiency

Increase understanding in

  • Numerical data
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Global issues
  • Historical perspectives
  • Literary and/or philosophical expression of ideas

Develop an awareness of

  • Ethical perspectives
  • Cultural value systems

Expand appreciation of

  • Fine and performing arts

General education supports the notion of a free, democratic society which, in turn, demands an informed, thoughtful, and ethical citizenry. Through general education, students are encouraged to observe how people are connected to each  other, thereby discovering their common humanity. The core is designed to expose students to those activities and patterns of thought which are most truly human: the sciences, history, literature, and the arts. Through the core studies, students are encouraged to think critically and analytically, to integrate knowledge, to solve problems, to be innovative, to synthesize ideas and actions, and to care about the public good. In essence, General Education is a study of human life and a quest for knowing the best way to live.


The Division of Business, Accounting, and Public Service (BAPS) is committed to providing job-ready
programs at the certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree levels. Courses are offered in a variety of
formats including traditional face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Graduates of BAPS programs will be
prepared to enter the workforce with skills that match area employers’ goals.

Career ladders are provided in Business Administration, Business Technology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies. Students may earn a certificate in applied science and add courses to complete the associate in applied science that leads to a bachelor of applied science degree.

Business Programs Accreditation:
The Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits all business programs.
For more information about accreditation, see the ACBSP web site at or write to
11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213.


The Education Division is committed to creating an exemplary workforce to help shape our community, state, and nation’s future…our children. WVU Parkersburg offers a variety of educational opportunities for students interested in a career in education. Students are able to complete the requirements needed to work with children at the early childhood level, as assistant teachers or a paraprofessionals, and as elementary classroom teachers.

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education. The program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education* and is affiliated with the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, the National Association of Community College Teacher Preparation Programs, and the National Professional Development School Association. The professional education unit emphasizes college and career-readiness standards and 21st Century Learning Skills adopted by the West Virginia Department of Education.

Degrees available include the following:

  • Paraprofessional Certificate Pre K-12
  • Certificate in Applied Science (CAS) Child Development
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Child Development
  • Bachelors in Applied Science (BAS) Child Development
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Elementary Education
  • Specializations available as an add-on to the BA in Elementary Education
    • Early Childhood Pre K-K
    • English 5-9
    • General Science
    • General Math – Algebra I
    • Social Studies 5-9


The Education Division offers a one-year Paraprofessional Pre K-12 Certificate. Coursework provided in the curriculum of this Certificate is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and meets the requirements for the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher credential.


The Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences Division (HFA&SS) at WVU Parkersburg is committed to supporting the academic success of each of our students. This is accomplished through supporting broad basic education requirements that include courses in history, psychology, English, digital communication, strategic communication, media studies, geography, social studies, sociology, music, art, religion, philosophy, health, physical education, foreign languages, sign language, and communication studies.

This division supports the development of the skills employers most want when they are deciding which new college graduates to hire. These include the ability to communicate verbally, (both orally and written), to collaborate with others, to plan and organize projects, and development in decision making, problem-solving, listening, and multicultural awareness.

Degrees available include:

Certificate in Applied Science in General Education
Associate of Applied Science in Digital Communication
Associate of Applied Science in Strategic Communication
Associate of Arts Degree
Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication and Media Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies


The AA degree is a valuable transfer degree that offers the General Education requirements expected by most four-year institutions. The AA degree will provide students with the breadth of knowledge that four-year institutions seek.

The AA degree is the foundation for many of the following majors:

  • The AA degree is also the first two years of the Multi-Disciplinary Studies Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.
  • Art
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theater

Along with the General Education courses, the AA degree also has the option of ‘free’ electives, which may prepare students for their choice of major, depending on the discipline they wish to study and how they will focus their education long term. If students know what they want to major in for their four-year degree, they should take classes in that major as their electives.


The Nursing & Health Sciences Division at WVU Parkersburg is committed to supporting the college’s mission in providing “accessible, life-changing educational opportunities in a safe and supportive environment.” Careers within healthcare are one of the fastest growing areas of opportunity. According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics at, employment in occupations related to health care is projected to increase in the coming years. This growth in employment is driven by technological advances in patient care, an increasing emphasis on preventive care, and an increase in the elderly population. Health care occupations with the largest projected employment increases are registered nurses; personal and home care aides; home health aides; nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants; medical assistants; and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.

Careers in health care are exciting, rewarding, and offer a lifetime of fulfillment. The Nursing and Health Sciences Division ascribes to the college’s commitment to provide academic excellence. We pride ourselves on the quality of education we have to offer as well as the success our graduates enjoy. Information about the degrees offered through the Nursing and Health Sciences Division can be found on the college’s website at

Degrees available include:
Certificate in Applied Science (CAS) Patient Care Technician
Certificate in Applied Science (CAS) Pharmacy Technician
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Nursing
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Surgical Technology
Bachelors of Science Nursing (RN-BSN)

In addition to meeting the requirements for general admission to the college, students requesting admission to programs within the Nursing & Health Sciences Division must meet individual program admission requirements, complete a Nursing & Health Sciences Application and adhere to the clinical practice program requirements. Questions regarding the application process, program requirements, and course of study should be directed to the Nursing and Health Sciences Division at 304-424-8300.

Programs within the Nursing and Health Sciences Division have a clinical component that requires rotations into community health care agencies for patient care. Travel to these agencies is the responsibility of the student. Therefore, each student admitted into a Nursing and Health Sciences program must meet the requirements for participation in clinical experiences. Students are required to have a physical examination and complete required immunizations, maintain current CPR certification, submit to drug testing and background check, complete required education as determined by the affiliate health care agencies, and adhere to HIPAA regulations and the Professional Standards/Safe Clinical Practice Standards of the program. The requirements for participation in clinical experiences can be found online at

The WVU Parkersburg administration reserves the right to amend this documentation, upon recommendation of the Nursing Faculty Organization, without notice to insure the integrity of the program and safety of the students, college, and community at large.

Even though this catalog describes courses required to complete the programs within the Nursing and Health Sciences Division, it is not prescriptive or intended to replace counsel from an academic advisor. Course availability may vary and students are strongly encouraged to consult an academic advisor concerning course sequence and degree requirements.


The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Division offers a wide variety of courses and programs. The Science and Math courses support other programs at the institution, but can lead to bachelor’s level degrees at other institutions through multiple transfer and articulation options using the Associate in Science degree.

The Technology programs are designed to prepare students for careers in fields that are in-demand in our region. Whether you are already employed and seeking a promotion by obtaining an advanced degree or if you are looking to obtain a new skill, we offer a broad array of options from Welding to Computer Information Technology.

It is important to note that completion of the application process does not imply that the applicant will be admitted to the nursing program. Acceptance and placement in the program are dependent upon the individual’s academic record and upon the number of spaces available.

Degrees available include:

  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) Chemical & Polymer Operator Technology
  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) Electricity & Instrumentation Technology
  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) Industrial Maintenance
  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) Residential and Commercial Electricity
  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) Welding
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Multi-Craft Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Welding
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Drafting
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Computer Information Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Computer Science
  • Bachelors of Applied Technology (BAT) Cybersecurity and Network Administration
  • Bachelors of Applied Technology (BAT) Software Engineering
  • Associate of Science (AS)


Offered Program:


:: Advanced Manufacturing Technology, A.A.S.
:: Associate of Arts
:: Associate of Science, A.S.
:: Board of Governors, A.A.S
:: Business Administration, A.A.S
:: Business Administration, A.S
:: Business Technology, A.A.S
:: Child Development, A.A.S.
:: Computer & Information Technology, A.A.S
:: Computer Science, A.A.S.
:: Criminal Justice, A.A.S.
:: Digital Communication, A.A.S.
:: Drafting, A.A.S.
:: Legal Studies, A.A.S.
:: Multi-Craft Technology, A.A.S.
:: Nursing, A.A.S
:: Occupational Development (Apprenticeship), AAS
:: Strategic Communication, A.A.S.
:: Surgical Technology, A.A.S
:: Welding, A.A.S


:: Business Administration, Accounting and Financial Management concentration (B.A.S.B.A / A.F.M)
:: Business Administration, Accounting concentration (B.S.B.A / ACCT.)
:: Business Administration, General Business concentration ( B.S.B.A / GEN. BUS.)
:: Business Administration, Management and Marketing concentration ( B.A.S.B.A / M.M.)
:: Business Information Technology, BAS
:: Business Administration, Business Information Technology concentration (B.A.S.B.A./B.I.T.)
:: Child Development 2+2 BAS
:: Child Development, B.A.S.
:: Communication & Media Studies - Digital Communication, BAS
:: Communication & Media Studies - Strategic Communication, BAS
:: Computer Networking & Security, B.A.T
:: Criminal Justice, B.A.S.
:: Cyber Security & Network Administration, B.A.T
:: Elementary Education, B.A.
:: Legal Studies, B.A.S.
:: Multidisciplinary Studies B.A.
:: NURSING RN-BSN: Full-Time Fall Admission
:: NURSING RN-BSN: Part-Time Fall Admission
:: NURSING RN-BSN: Part-Time Spring Admission
:: Software Engineering, B.A.T.
:: Supervisory Management, B.A.S


:: Business Administration, C.A.S
:: Business Technology, C.A.S
:: Chemical & Polymer Operator, C.A.S.
:: Child Development, C.A.S.
:: Criminal Justice, C.A.S.
:: Electricity and Instrumentation Technology, C.A.S.
:: Industrial Maintenance, C.A.S.
:: Legal Studies, C.A.S.
:: Paraprofessional Prek-12, CERT
:: Patient Care Technician, C.A.S
:: Pharmacy Technician, C.A.S
:: Residential and Commercial Electricity, C.A.S.
:: Welding, C.A.S


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A member institution of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia
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