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LSUA to Offer B.S. in Business

Released: 07/07/2008

LSU at Alexandria will offer a bachelor of science degree in business administration beginning in the fall semester, announced Dr. David Manuel, chancellor. The Louisiana Board of Regents recently approved the university’s ninth four-year degree program.

“Students and employers have actively sought the B.S. in business administration for many years, and this is one of the primary undergraduate degrees necessary to help Central Louisiana diversify its economic base,” Manuel, a former dean of business at University of Louisiana-Lafayette and St. Mary’s University, said. “Additionally, more businesses will be attracted to this area because LSUA is meeting the need to educate the region’s future business leadership.”

Approval for the stand-alone baccalaureate degree in business came after two years of preparation. The program was thoroughly reviewed by the LSU Board of Supervisors, Board of Regents and an external consulting team.

Manuel also announced that Dr. Robert Bush, holder of the LSUA Alumni and Friends Chair in Business, has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Business Administration. Bush replaces Dr. Dixie Clark, who retired this summer.

Dr. Tom Armstrong, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, said the LSUA business curriculum is “oriented to a hands-on approach with ample opportunity for local internships and active participation in business related organizations. It’s one more step toward fulfilling our mandate of a rich combination of professional studies and liberal arts and sciences.”

Students can study general business, accounting, management, marketing, finance, computer information systems and economics through the Department of Business. They also will have access to classes and entrepreneurial projects at the Business Education Center located at the Central Louisiana Business Incubator in the Jakes Building in Alexandria. Some LSUA business classes will be taught at the Business Education Center this fall.

In addition to the B.S. in business administration, LSUA offers four-year degrees in general studies, liberal studies, biology, elementary education, psychology, mathematics, history and criminal justice. Other near-term baccalaureate degrees in the pipeline are bachelor of science in nursing and bachelors of arts in English, communication studies, and visual and performing arts. Armstrong said accounting and finance are potential baccalaureate degree programs in the business area, but no timetable has been established.

About 275 LSUA students are majoring in a business field, and university officials expect that number to grow with the development of the baccalaureate degree.