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
Increase understanding in
Develop an awareness of
Expand appreciation of
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.
General Education Courses:
To ensure breadth and depth as students meet these broad education goals, the curriculum focuses on six academic “strands.”
* Serves technical and professional degree programs specific to WVU Parkersburg. Does not transfer to WVU as General Education (March 2018).
BUSINESS, ACCOUNTING, AND PUBLIC SERVICE
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:
Degrees available include the following:
Certificate in Applied Science (CAS) Business Administration
Certificate in Applied Science (CAS) Business Technology
Certificate in Applied Science (CAS) Criminal Justice
Certificate in Applied Science (CAS) Legal Studies
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Business Administration
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Business Technology
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Legal Studies
Associate in Science (AS) Business Administration
Bachelors in Applied Science (BAS) Business Administration
Specializations available: Business Information Technology
Management / Marketing
Accounting and Financial Management
Bachelors in Applied Science (BAS) Criminal Justice
Bachelors in Applied Science (BAS) Legal Studies
Bachelors in Applied Science (BAS) Supervisory Management
Bachelors in Science (BS) Business Administration
Specializations available: Accounting
The Education Division is committed to creating an exemplary workforce to help shape our community, state, and nation's future...our children. WVU at Parkersburg offers a variety of educational opportunities for student 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 in public schools, or teachers in childcare center and Head Starts, and as elementary classroom teachers.
WVU at Parkersburg's Child Development program prepares graduates to facilitate and assess learning environments that are engaging and playful to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development in young children. Many and various careers are available depending on the level of education attained.
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, the National Professional Development School Association, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Degrees available include the following:
HUMANITIES, FINE ARTS, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
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.
Certificate in Applied Science in General Education
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS
NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES DIVISION
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 www.bls.org, 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 www.wvup.edu/healthsciences.
Degrees available include:
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.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM)
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:
Skill Sets are ideal for those who want to gain proficiency quickly for current or potential employment. Individuals can meet specific career or technology objectives through specialized training for a specific skill set. Skill Sets are awarded to those who have demonstrated mastery of skills and knowledge and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all required classes.
|:: 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.|
|:: Engineering Technology, 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|
|:: REGENTS BACHELOR OF ARTS (RBA)|
|:: 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|