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LSUA to Offer B.A. in History

Released: 01/28/2008

LSU at Alexandria will offer a bachelor of arts degree program in history starting in the fall semester. Final approval of the new curriculum was granted by the Louisiana State Board of Regents.

"The quality of the history faculty and capabilities of students pursuing this area of study have always been quite strong. It is very appropriate that LSUA students be allowed to earn a B.A. in history," said Dr. H. Rouse Caffey, interim chancellor. "This is another milestone in the university's evolution."

The B.A. degree in history at LSUA has been in development for about 18 months.

The history faculty at LSUA consists of Drs. Jerry Sanson, Jim Rogers and Chris Stacey and adjuncts Dr. Jock Scott, Mary Jackson and Jeff Reeves. Sanson specializes in 20th century U.S. history and Louisiana; Rogers focuses on modern British, European and world history; and Stacey concentrates on 19th century U.S., African and Caribbean history. Nearly three dozen courses are offered in history through the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Dr. Thomas Armstrong, vice chancellor for academic affairs, touts the B.A. in history as "another step in expanding liberal arts degrees which complements our professional degrees in areas such as business, education and nursing. A mix of both degrees is an important aspect of our maturation as a baccalaureate institution."

Several other four-year degrees are in the pipeline. "We fully expect final approval of a bachelor of science in nursing within the near future, and the same can be said of a B.S. in business administration," Armstrong said. Other four-year programs in criminal justice, English and communication studies are in various stages of development.

LSUA began offering baccalaureate degrees in 2003. In addition to the latest approval for history, the university features a bachelor of science in biology, bachelor of science in elementary education, bachelor of science in psychology, bachelor of science in mathematics, bachelor of general studies and bachelor of liberal studies, which includes majors in business, communication studies, English and theatre.

The university received permission from the Louisiana Legislature in 2001 to offer baccalaureate degrees following approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors and Board of Regents. A year later the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited LSUA to offer baccalaureate degrees in addition to a variety of associate degrees that have been available since the school's founding in 1960.

LSUA has conferred 457 baccalaureate degrees in the brief history of the four-year degree program.