The Regents Bachelor of Arts program is an innovative bachelor’s degree that allows adult students to complete a bachelor’s degree with no major. The program differs from other baccalaureate degrees in many respects. It is designed for students who are already working and seeking a degree, not for students at the beginning of an academic pathway. Areas of emphasis are available in History, Leadership, Literature, Professional Writing, Psychology and Sociology.

RBA students are governed by the same basic academic regulations as other students enrolled at WVU Parkersburg. These include rules on grading, D/F repeat rule, probation and suspension, and student rights and responsibilities. Interested students should contact the Professional Advising Center, in room 1207, for more information.

The Portfolio Process:
Students may petition for credits in specific college-level courses that they have not already completed by writing a portfolio. The portfolio summarizes the learning that took place and equates that learning to the objectives in the syllabus for a college-level course. If the prior learning is not equal to a specific course, credit may be petitioned in the discipline area. Documentation is required to substantiate the petitions for credit. Portfolios are evaluated by faculty in the discipline being reviewed; recommendations are made for the award of “college equivalent credit.”

Students who choose to earn credit for college-level learning acquired through professional work experience or other life experiences may complete the portfolio development course and submit a portfolio. The fee for the portfolio evaluation is $300.00 with an additional posting fee for each credit hour awarded.

Admission to the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program:

  • Students with regionally accredited baccalaureate degrees are excluded.
  • Must be fully admitted to WVU Parkersburg.
  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA.
  • Must have completed 58 hours toward the requirements of the program.
  • Students are not eligible for admission until four years after graduation from high school
    • Admission to the program is open only to students who graduated from high school at least four years prior.
    • For those passing a high school equivalency (GED) test, admission must be four years after their original class graduated from high school.


  • 120 total credit hours
  • 39 credit hours from 300 level and above
  • 36 general education hours to include the following:
    • Communications: 6 credit hours
    • Mathematical Science or Computer Science: (3 credit hours)
    • Natural Sciences:                                       (6 credit hours)
    • Humanities:                                               (6 credit hours)
    • Social Sciences:                                         (6 credit hours)
    • Additional credit hours from:                     (9 credit hours)
    • Communications


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