If you have an associate degree and want to add credits for a bachelor’s, or if you want to build your own major to suit your career goals, or if you want to avoid having a major altogether, a regents degree could be the program for you. Marshall University offers this flexible program, which requires a balance of general requirements and upper-level requirements you craft with an adviser.

What is a Regents Degree?

The Regents Bachelor of Arts degree at Marshall University has no major or minor. The student builds his own academic program tailored to his individual needs, especially in areas where Marshall doesn’t offer a major. Some students pursue a regents degree with an emphasis in computer game development, for example. Students can gain college equivalent credit toward the degree based on work or life experience. Failing grades you received more than four years ago won’t count toward your regents' degree grade-point average.

Covering Coursework

Students in the Regents Bachelor of Arts program must complete 36 hours of general education credits. Among these are six hours each of communications, humanities, natural sciences and social science courses; three hours of math or computer courses; and nine hours of electives from any of the preceding areas. Then they’ll need 39 hours of upper-level courses, typically tailored to a student’s specific personal or career interest. The upper-level courses typically come in the junior and senior years.

What You Need to Graduate

Only three credits need come from Marshall University in order to graduate with a Marshall regents degree. Twenty-four credits must come from a school or schools in the West Virginia higher education system. Students need 120 total credits in order to graduate and must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Marshall offers more than 100 courses online. All the general education courses are offered over the Internet, and some students can complete their entire regents degrees online.

Applying to Marshall

To apply to Marshall University, students must meet one of two thresholds: at least a 2.0 GPA and a 19 on the ACT test or a combined score of 900 on the SAT reading and math tests, or a 3.0 GPA along with a 16 ACT score and a 770 on the reading and math SAT. GED students are eligible if they score at least 450 on each part of the test or have an average score of 500 on the test. Marshall requires a prerequisite four years each of English and math, three years each of social studies and science, two years of the same foreign language and a year of fine arts. Some students are admitted conditionally if they make up the prerequisites at Marshall and maintain a 2.0 GPA.