Regents Bachelor of Arts

Degree Offered

  • Regents Bachelor of Arts

Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) Degree Program

West Virginia University, through the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS), offers the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) Degree Program.  Since its creation by the West Virginia State Board of Regents in 1975, WVU has granted over 5,000 Regents Bachelor of Arts Degrees. Students at WVU’s regional campus at Potomac State College earn their Regents BA degree through coordination with the Morgantown campus.

The RBA is an innovative degree program designed to meet the unique needs of non-traditional students and adult learners. Specifically, this program provides students with a comprehensive general education based on individualized skills and learning outcomes. Moreover, eligible students may acquire college equivalent credits (CEC's) based on their professional experiences in select subject areas and/or earned certifications/credentials. This option may provide a more cost effective way of completing their education in a timely manner.

Mission

The mission of the RBA program is to provide adult learners and non-traditional students with an opportunity to achieve their academic and career goals through a first time Bachelor’s degree. This is accomplished by providing the highest quality education, services and resources to promote student learning and academic success.  
 

Fees

RBA tuition and fees are set according to both the university and College of Education and Human Services standards.

 

Courses

The RBA Program offers two courses which are available to students. The courses are not required to complete the program, but can assist student in navigating the RBA program and the portfolio submission process.

  • EDP 102. Orientation to RBA. 1 Hour.   For students beginning the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program. The class provides orientation to the curriculum, policies, benefits, and academic merits of the RBA to help students take advantage of its unique features.
  • EDP 401. RBA Portfolio Development. 2 Hours.  The class is designed to help prepare RBA students who plan to petition for college equivalent credits through the portfolio option, including course selection, verification and narrative development.

Additional information is available from:

RBA Degree Program
701 Allen Hall
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6122
Phone: (304) 293-5441
E-mail: rba@mail.wvu.edu
Web: rba.wvu.edu  

How to Apply to the RBA Program

Students apply to WVU through the Admissions Office.  Please see the "Admission Eligibility" section below to verify eligibility. Students will fill out a brief application found on the front page of the WVU Office of Admissions website (Department code 4571)

To allow time for the student’s application and transcripts to be processed through WVU Admissions, the RBA program recommends the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester – Mid July
  • Spring Semester – Mid November
  • Summer Semester – Mid April

Once the student’s application and transcripts have been received and processed by the Admissions Office, this information will be copied and sent to the RBA office for approval. Upon approval, Admissions will send the student an acceptance letter with their Student ID number (WVU no longer uses Social Security Numbers for identification purposes). The student will also receive a MIX account username that gives access to their academic records, secure email systems and links to other information available regarding WVU. Any academic information must be submitted through the student’s MIX email account. The Help Desk (304-293-4444) can assist any student with accessing their MIX account.

Students should contact the RBA office regarding deadlines, the application process or obtaining transcripts. Once the student has been admitted, they should contact the RBA office for assistance in registering for classes.

Admission Eligibility

High School Graduates

In order to be admitted to the RBA degree program a student must have graduated from high school at least four years prior to application.

GED Students

Students who have passed a high school equivalency examination are eligible for admission four years after their high school class graduated.

Transfer Students 

Eligible students may transfer into the RBA program from other regionally accredited institutions or from other majors within WVU. Transfer credits from two-year colleges outside the West Virginia Regional Campus System are limited to 72 hours course credit hours. RBA students may also transfer credit hours from institutions accredited by the Department of Education at the programmatic or national levels. Please see the "USDE Credit Hours" section below. 

Minimum Grade Point Average

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for admission into the RBA Degree Program. If a student is eligible for "F" Forgiveness (see below) and processing "F" forgiveness will increase their cumulative GPA above a 2.0, they can be admitted to the RBA program. 

RBA “F” Forgiveness

The RBA “F” forgiveness policy allows students to remove all failing grades four years prior to entering the RBA program from GPA calculations. This gives eligible students a second chance at completing their RBA degree by helping them meet the minimum GPA requirement. This process is only for first time admission to the RBA program and is not applied to future semesters or readmission to the program. RBA “F” forgiveness only applies to students who remain in the RBA program.

NOTE: Students with accredited baccalaureate degrees are not eligible for the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. Students cannot double major with the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

College Equivalent Credits (CEC) and Fees

Portfolios

College Equivalent Credit can be awarded to students for selected work and life experiences that can be equated to college course work. Students can petition for credit for specific courses that relate to their work experience through the RBA portfolio option. The portfolio consists of developing:

  • A resume that highlights experiences that are relevant to courses being petitioned.
  • Narratives connecting work experiences with the learning outcomes of all courses petitioned.
  • Relevant supporting documents to help substantiate petition(s).

It is highly recommended students take the portfolio development course (EDP 401) or contact the RBA office for instructions. This unique process requires one-on-one in-depth advising and approval to begin developing a portfolio.

Standardized Credits

Certain professional courses and certifications can be awarded college credit through the RBA’s Standardized Award process. The RBA program uses several different resources to research credit recommendations for professional courses and certifications. These include the West Virginia state RBA handbook and the American Council on Education (ACE). Courses that do not have a credit recommendation that would make them eligible for Standardized Award may be utilized as supporting documentation in the Portfolio option.

Restrictions

Students must have been admitted to the WVU RBA degree program and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to submit Portfolios or request Standardized Awards. Portfolio credit cannot be used to meet the residency requirement, but may be used to meet general education and upper division requirements. Portfolio credit may not duplicate credit already on the student’s transcript, and portfolio credit may not be transferred to other degrees. Courses or certifications issued credit via Standardized Award cannot be used as supporting documentation in the Portfolio option.

Fees

Requesting college equivalent credit (through the portfolio option or standardized awards) requires students to pay a standard CEC submission fee of $300. In addition, an additional $10 per credit hour fee is processed for portfolio submissions. Fees are billed through West Virginia University’s Office of Student Accounts. 
 

Non-Regionally Accredited Credit Hours

The RBA program at WVU allows students to apply credit hours from institutions which are recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) but are not regionally accredited. This includes credit hours from institutions which are accredited by national, programmatic, or other accrediting bodies recognized by the USDE. Common examples include Technical and Junior colleges. This policy complies with West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Title 133 Series 17.

Credit hours accepted from non-regionally accredited institutions may not be used to meet the residency requirements for the RBA Program. Residency requirements must be completed at institutions within the West Virginia public higher education system.

Credit hours from non-regionally accredited institutions can apply only to the completion of the RBA degree program. In the event a non-regionally accredited institution utilizes clock hours, conversion of these hours will occur in the same manner as credit hour conversions from regionally accredited institutions. Applying non-regionally accredited credit hours may impact financial aid and D/F repeat eligibility for RBA students as these hours are considered earned credit hours and contribute toward the course completion rate and maximum time frame for degree completion.

Degree Requirements

  • General Education: The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) assists students in developing a set of core competencies as a pillar of this degree. Each competency area requires students to meet specific learning outcomes. Guided by an academic advisor, students take courses in each area that meets the intended learning outcomes. (Minimum of 27 hours)
    • Communication Skills (6 hours) Outcome: Courses in this area must provide the student with skills and knowledge to be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
    • Humanities (6 hours) Outcome: Courses in this area must demonstrate knowledge in the interdisciplinary study and philosophy of diverse cultures.
    • Social Science (6 hours) Outcome: Courses will demonstrate understanding of the development, diversity, and complexity of human behavior and institutions. 
    • Natural or Physical Science (6 hours) Outcome: Courses in this area must provide an understanding of the physical world through the scientific method  (understanding of the basic facts, principles, theories and methods of science)
    • Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science (3 hours)
  • Upper Division: 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 a combination of areas as students wish. Areas of Emphasis also allow upper division course specializations. A maximum 12 teaching practicum hours will be accepted toward graduation. (Minimum of 39 hours)
  • Residency: Students must complete a residency requirement of 24 hours of coursework taken at one or more institutions within West Virginia’s public higher education system.  Six of the 24 hours must be taken as upper division courses at WVU. (This is not the same as in-state and out-of-state residency and does not help a student obtain in-state residency.)
  • Total Hours: RBA students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation. In addition to the coursework listed below, students can earn credit through academic portfolios for prior learning and experiences to reach 120 hours.
  • Grade Point Average: Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 (on a 4-point scale) to be eligible for graduation.
  • Pass/Fail Grading: Pass/fail grading encourages students to take elective courses not related to their degree concentrations. Pass/fail grading also facilitates grading in competency-based courses that may be an integral part of an academic program. Any full-time student who has completed 15 hours or more and who has maintained a 2.0 grade point average may take a maximum of 4 hours each semester or summer term on a pass/fail basis. Any course taken on a pass/fail basis must be a free elective. Students are limited to a total of 18 hours of pass/fail credit in the collegiate career. For additional information on this policy, visit the Pass/Fail Grading section of this catalog.

For a complete list of RBA Frequently Asked Questions, visit the RBA website: RBA Frequently Asked Questions

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.0 required.
General Education
Communication Skills6
Select courses fulfilling GEF 1 or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.
Humanities6
Select courses fulfilling GEF 4 or 6, or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.
Social Science6
Select courses fulfilling GEF 5 or 7, or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.
Natural or Physcial Science6
Select courses fulfilling GEF 2, or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.
Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science3
Select courses fulfilling GEF 3, or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.
Additional GEF course requirement9
Select courses fullfilling GEF 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7
Upper Division Courses (Must be at the 300 or 400 level)39
Electives 45
Total Hours120

Areas of Emphasis

Areas of Emphasis (AOE) and/or Minors are an optional feature of the RBA degree. In some curriculum areas the faculty have identified a set of courses that constitute an Area of Emphasis. All AOEs require a minimum of fifteen hours of upper division (300 level or above) course work in some academic area. In some cases lower division prerequisites may also be required. The AOE courses are determined by faculty, not students.

Some departments specify all the courses for the AOE; other departments allow students to select most of the courses. Only regular courses completed with a “C” or better can count toward the AOE and earned AOEs are noted on the student’s transcript.

Minors are offered by each college and can be declared by RBA students. There are no limits on how many AOE’s or Minors that can be declared. Courses cannot overlap and a student cannot declare an AOE and Minor in the same discipline. AOE’s are listed below. Minors offered by individual colleges within WVU are found at http://catalog.wvu.edu/undergraduate/minors/.  


Areas of Emphasis Offered

Advertising Requirements

Minimum grade of C- required in all courses.
JRL 101Media and Society3
ADV 215Principles of Advertising3
ADV 309Advertising and Creativity3
ADV 409Advertising Research and Media3
ADV 419Advertising Strategies3
One course from the list below:3
Media Relations In Sport
Entertainment Reporting
Social Media Strategy
Social Media Applications
Social Media Campaigns
Writing for Health Promotion
Applied Health Promotion
Health Promotion Campaigns
Total Hours18

American History Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 5 Upper-division Courses from two of the three areas of concentration15
Concentrations:
United States History
European History
Asia/Latin American/African History
Total Hours15

Child Development Requirements

Must have a C- grade or better in all CDFS designated courses
Prerequisite
CDFS 110Families Across the Life Span3
Two of the following courses/pre requisites depending on upper level options6
Introduction to Marriage and Family
Introduction to Parenting
Infant Development
Early Childhood Development
Research Methods and Data Analysis (writing course recommended for prior support for CDFS 400 level courses)
Three Courses-upper level:9
Child Development Practicum (need 212 prior)
Adolescent Development (need 212)
Contemporary Issues in Family Relations (need 212)
Adolescent Problems and Disorders (need 212)
Family Interaction and Communication (need 212)
Best Practices in Pre-K Movement (need 211 or 212)
Infant Toddler Language and Literacy (need 211 prior)
Early Socio-Emotional Growth (Need 211 prior)
Total Hours18

Communication Studies Requirements

Select any COMM 300-400 level courses with a grade of 'C-' or higher (Excluding COMM 490 and 491)15

Economics Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 301Intermediate Micro-Economic Theory3
ECON 302Intermediate Macro-Economic Theory3
Select 3 upper division courses (Excluding ECON 490 and 491)9
Total Hours21

Energy Land Management Requirements

Complete the courses below with C- or higher.
ENLM 300Ethics and Negotiations for Energy Land Managers3
ENLM 400Energy Land Management Contracts 13
ENLM 420Energy Land Management Contracts 23
ENLM 441Applied Geographic Information Systems and Energy Land Management1
ENLM 450Energy Land Management Strategic Planning (Students)3
ENLM 491Professional Field Experience3
Additional Coursework12
Reclamation of Disturbed Soils
Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics
Current Issues In Agriculture
Agricultural and Natural Resources Law
Environmental and Resource Economics
Introduction to Energy Land Management *
Principles of Energy Land Management *
Managing Non-Technical Risks *
Environmental Impact Assessment
Forest Ecology
Forest Mensuration
West Virginia's Natural Resources
Elements of Silviculture
Remote Sensing of Environment
Environmental Regulation
Harvesting Forest Products
Bio-based Energy Systems
Principles of Conservation Ecology
Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries
Restoration Ecology
Total Hours28

Creative Writing Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select two from the following:6
Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
Select 5 additional courses from the following:15
Multimedia Writing
Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
Creative Writing Workshop: Non-Fiction
Topics in Creative Writing
Total Hours21

Literature Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
ENGL 200Foundations of Literary Study3
Select 1 of the following:3
Western World Literature
Non-Western World Literature
Poetry
The Short Story
Drama
Novel
The Bible as Literature
American Literature 1
American Literature 2
British Literature 1
British Literature 2
Select 15 credits of upper division courses (Excluding ENGL 490 and 491)15
Total Hours21

Professional Writing Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric3
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research3
ENGL 301Writing Theory and Practice3
ENGL 302Editing3
ENGL 303Multimedia Writing3
or ENGL 306 Topics in Humanities Computing
ENGL 304Business and Professional Writing3
or ENGL 305 Technical Writing
ENGL 491AProfessional Field Experience3
Total Hours21

Geology Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
GEOL 101Planet Earth3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 103Earth Through Time3
GEOL 104Earth Through Time Laboratory1
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Geographic Information Systems and Science
Geology for Environmental Scientists
Mineralogy
Introductory Petrology
Geology of West Virginia
Geology of the National Parks
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Geomorphology
Paleontology
Structural Geology for Engineers
Environmental Geology
Introduction to Petroleum Geology
Deep Time Earth Systems
Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 1
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introductory Hydrogeology
Total Hours20

History Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 5 courses from the following:15
History of Sacred Places
The Aztec, Maya, and Inca
1920s America
Introduction to Public History
Hitler and the Third Reich
Twentieth-Century Germany from Weimar to Bonn
Eighteenth Century America
Civil War and Reconstruction
World War II in America
Appalachian Regional History
Working Class America
Total Hours15

International Studies: African & Middle East Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Economic Development
Geography of Africa
Geography of the Middle East
Rural and Regional Development
East Africa to 1895
East Africa Since 1895
West Africa to 1885
West Africa from 1885
Music of Africa
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Africa
Traditional and Changing Africa
Total Hours15

International Studies: Asia Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Economic Development
Rural and Regional Development
Modern China
Modern Japan
Government of Japan
Government of China
Far East International Affairs
Total Hours15

International Studies: Development Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Economic Development
Rural and Regional Development
Geography of Gender
Modern China
East Africa Since 1895
West Africa to 1885
West Africa from 1885
Government of China
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Africa
Latin American Culture
Traditional and Changing Africa
Total Hours15

International Studies: Europe Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Contemporary Culture
Commercial French 1
Rural and Regional Development
German Cultural History: 350-1700
German Cultural History Since 1945
France Since 1815
The French Wars of Religion
World War II in Europe
Revolutionary Russia: 1900-1953
The French Wars of Religion
World War II in Europe
Eastern Europe Since 1945
Revolutionary Russia: 1900-1953
USSR and After: 1953 to Present
Hitler and the Third Reich
Twentieth-Century Germany from Weimar to Bonn
Eighteenth Century Britain: 1715-1832
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
Western Democratic Governments
Survey of Russian Literature
Survey of Russian Literature
Culture of Spain
Modern Literature of Spain
Commercial Spanish
Total Hours15

International Studies: The Americas Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Economic Development
Rural and Regional Development
Seventeenth Century Colonial America
Eighteenth Century America
Governments of Latin America
Early Spanish American Literature
Modern Spanish American Literature
Commercial Spanish
Caribbean Literature
Latin American Culture
Total Hours15

Native American Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
NAS 200Introduction: Native American Studies3
ENGL 156Literature of Native America3
HIST 264American Indian History3
Select 5 additional courses from the following:15
NAS 491
Professional Field Experience
NAS 493
Special Topics
NAS 495
Independent Study
Topics in Native American Literature
Topics in Women's Literature
Seventeenth Century Colonial America
Eighteenth Century America
Total Hours24

Philosophy Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
PHIL 130Current Moral Problems3
Select 6 credits of lower division PHIL courses.6
PHIL 323Social and Political Philosophy3
PHIL 325Philosophy of Law3
Select 9 credits of upper division PHIL courses (Excluding PHIL 490 and 491)9
Total Hours24

Psychology Requirements 

An overall GPA of 2.0 across courses applied toward the AOE is required. Courses taken as P/F do not count toward the total 18 hours of coursework.
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (minimum grade of C-)3
PSYC 304Critical Thinking in Psychology3
Select 12 additional PSYC credits, including 6 at the 300-400 level (in addition to PSYC 304). PSYC 490, 491, 495 may not be applied to the Psychology minor. 12
Total Hours18

Public Relations Requirements 

Minimum grade of C- required in all courses.
JRL 101Media and Society3
PR 215Introduction to Public Relations3
PR 301Writing for Public Relations3
PR 401Applied Public Relations3
PR 410Integrated Marketing Communications for Public Relations3
One course from the list below:3
Promotion for Entertainment Media
Entertainment Media Campaigns
Event Promotion
IMC for Sport
Event Planning
Event Execution
Entertainment Media Branding
Total Hours18

Sociology Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all classes.
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
Select 15 credits of Upper-division hours excluding SOCA15
Total Hours18

Teaching English as a Second Language

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus on campus (exclusive of courses numbered 493)
LING 311Introduction to Structural Linguistics3
LANG 322Second Language Acquisition3
LANG 421The Teaching of Foreign Languages3
LING 511English as a Second Language Linguistics3
LANG 422Second Language Reading3
LING 512Applied Linguistics3
LING 514Sociolinguistics3
Total Hours21

Women's Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
WGST 170Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies1-3
WGST 330Feminist Theory3
CDFS 413Contemporary Issues in Family Relations3
Complete Option 1 or 2 as described below.12
Option 1:
12 credits of upper division courses (No more than 3 credits of WGST 490)
Option 2
Select 12 credits from the following:
American Women Writers
British Women Writers
Topics in Gay/Lesbian Studies
Geography of Gender
History of American Women
Gender/Politics and Policy
Women and Men in Society
Class, Status, and Power
Total Hours19-21
 
 

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop foundational habits of academic life and cultural literacy; disciplinary ways of knowing and posing questions; conducting inquiry; making arguments; close reading, analysis, critical thinking; numerical analysis and scientific method; effective writing and speaking; academic research; systematic problem solving; rigorous academic study
  • Develop and refine skills of Learning Goal 1; encounter and examine issues of multiculturalism, diversity, social justice, and citizenship; refines over-reaching area of emphasis
  • Integrate learning; apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and ethical quandaries; self-reflective projects and narratives; connect past with future

EDP 102. Orientation to the Regents Bachelor of Arts. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. An introduction to the Regents Bachelor of Arts Program (RBA), including the degree structure, benefits of the program, academic success plans, standardized awards, portfolio petitions, Areas of Emphasis, and RBA graduate pathways.

EDP 401. RBA Portfolio Development. 2 Hours.

This course will assist RBA students with professional work experience to prepare and submit portfolios for College Equivalent Credits (CECs).


Administration

Director

  • Kimberly Klaus - M.A. (West Virginia University)
    Educational Leadership

Program Manager/Senior Advisor

  • Barbara Griffin - M.A. (West Virginia University)
    Journalism

Developmental Advising Specialist

  • Semoa Desousa-Brown - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Natural Resource Economics
  • Colton Metzger - M.A. (Wright State University)
    Student Affairs in Higher Education