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LSUA Begins Honors Program

Released: 06/04/2008

LSU at Alexandria will offer an academic Honors Program for the first time this autumn, announced Dr. Tom Armstrong, interim chancellor and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

“The Honors Program is part of our maturation as a baccalaureate institution of choice,” Armstrong said. “It is designed to attract students with strong academic records who seek enhanced intellectual growth, enrichment and stimulation. It provides superb preparation for graduate school and professional careers.” Honors achievements will be recognized on transcripts and diplomas and at commencement ceremonies.

Prospective Honors Program students must score 25 composite or higher on the American College Test or a minimum 1130 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. An essay and interview with the Honors Program committee and two letters of reference from high school teachers, principals or counselors also are required.

Dr. Elisabeth Elder, professor of biology, directs the Honors Program, which has been nearly four years in the making. “We have developed interdisciplinary courses which encourage study of primary sources and hands-on investigation, promote critical thinking and information literacy, and provide opportunities for extensive interaction with faculty members,” she said. Classes – some of which will be team taught -- will be supplemented by seminars, field trips, cultural opportunities, professional conferences, social activities and community service.

Dr. Eamon Halpin, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs and a member of the Honors Program development committee, said students will be exposed to a 3,000-year breadth of education that fits any area of study.

The Honors Program curriculum consists of 30 semester hours and a senior thesis within a student’s normal course requirements for graduation. Courses include studies of major thinkers and writers; special topics in math, physics, biology, chemistry and geology problem solving; and studies in ancient Greece and Rome, the Medieval world, Renaissance and Reformation, Enlightenment and the American Experience, and the modern world.

Students who qualify for the Honors Program will receive a full scholarship through TOPS funding and LSUA scholarships. Additional information is available from Elder at or 473-6518, or the Office of Admissions at 473-6417.