This nontraditional degree program is designed specifically for adult students looking to earn a baccalaureate degree.

Typical students have earned some college credit but have not yet earned a degree due to work obligations or other responsibilities. As you progress through this unique and flexible program, which requires no major or minor, you can earn an interest in an area of specification (such as Psychology, Business or Criminal Justice). 

For more information on the RBA program, please email

At a Glance
120 credit hours

How to Apply

In order to apply, you must have completed your high school diploma at least 4 years prior to enrollment.

If you are new to Bluefield State College, here’s what you’ll need to submit to the Admissions Office:

  • Completed Bluefield State College application 
  • Official high school transcript or High School Equivalency scores
  • Official transcripts of all previous college coursework

If you are a transfer student (or a former Bluefield State College student) without an accredited baccalaureate degree, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Contact the Regents Bachelor of Arts office for an evaluation
  2. Following this evaluation, you will be contacted about admission to the program, as well as the requirements you’ll need to complete the degree
  3. Our staff will assist you in preparing a portfolio detailing your work experience and non-college learning

How to Earn Your Degree

Personalized Program

The RBA office will work with you to develop a course of study that is based on your individual goals and needs. 

Residency Requirement

  • 24 of your classroom credit hours must come from any college or university in West Virginia’s public higher education system
  • 12 of these credit hours must be earned at Bluefield State College (either on campus or through online courses)

Required Coursework

The Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program requires 120 credit hours including the following:

  • 36 hours in General Education (see below)
  • 39 hours in upper division courses (300-400 level)
  • 45 hours in elective courses
General Education Requirements (36 hours)

Communication—choose 6 hours of coursework from the following options:

  • English 101, 102 or an equivalent English Composition course
  • Speech
  • Basic Communication
  • Journalism
  • Foreign Language

Humanities—choose 6 hours of coursework from the following categories:

  • Literature
  • Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Art
  • Music
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Theater

Natural Sciences—choose 6 hours of coursework from the following categories:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • Zoology
  • Mathematics

Social Sciences—choose 6 hours of coursework from the following categories:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
  • Geography
  • Criminal Justice

Mathematical or Computer Applications—choose 3 hours of coursework from the following categories:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming Language

General Studies—choose 9 hours of electives

  • Communications
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Mathematical Science
  • Computer Applications

How to Apply Credits to This Program

There are several ways that work experience or credits earned from other institutions can be applied to this program. Our office staff will work directly with you to evaluate your specific needs and experience. Here are a few ways that you can earn credit:

  • Completion of college-level courses at accredited colleges or universities with satisfactory grades.
  • Successful completion of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests and other standardized tests, such as the Advanced Subject Exam of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
  • Credit recommendations from the American Council on Education for completion of selected industrial, military, professional and/or governmental training programs. 
  • Faculty recommendations based on evaluations of a portfolio, which should include a detailed description of experiences that have resulted in college-level learning. 
  • Specific suggestions for portfolio content and format are available in the RBA office. A fee of $300 is charged each time (per semester) that you submit a portfolio for review.