The College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences constitutes a significant part of West Virginia University Institute of Technology. It includes the liberal and humanistic programs and courses commonly found in American colleges. These programs and courses make important contributions to the broad purposes of the institution, which endeavors to provide students with a knowledge of society, human experiences past and present, and the world in which they live; to foster an understanding and appreciation of the human, cultural, economic, political, environmental, ecological, scientific and technological factors that have shaped human history and current concerns; and to develop the interests and creative capacities of students to their fullest extent.
More than any other area of the institution, the college provides for the needs and interests of students in the entire college. All four-year programs require a minimum of forty-one semester hours and two-year programs require nineteen semester hours in core curriculum courses designed to meet the broad functions of the college and to assure students the breadth of knowledge deemed essential to an educated person. They include courses from humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics.
The College of Business, Humanities and Sciences also has an important part in fulfilling the career-oriented functions of the institution as well as preparing students for graduate or professional study. It provides a variety of programs training persons to serve the business, industrial, and governmental needs of the state and nation and for service to the community through a wide range of extension courses designed to meet the changing needs and interests of the region and the state. Within the college is the nontraditional Regents Bachelor of Arts program which allows credit for relevant work experiences and is tailored to meet the needs of working adult students.