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LSUA Adds 2 Baccalaureate Degrees

Released: 10/06/2008

LSU at Alexandria has added two more four-year degrees to its curriculum after final approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents, announced Dr. David Manuel, chancellor. LSUA now offers 12 baccalaureate degrees in addition to seven associate degree programs.

The new degrees are bachelor of arts in English and bachelor of arts in communication studies. Both are taught through the Department of Arts, English and Humanities.

Dr. Tom Armstrong, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, said the new degrees have been three years in the making. Both were offered previously as majors under the bachelor of liberal studies designation. “The breadth of both degrees allows graduates versatility for employment in wide-ranging professional areas or graduate school,” Armstrong said. “We have significantly enhanced the curriculum in creating these stand-alone baccalaureate degrees.”

“Our new B.A. in English focuses on individual and cultural expression in a global context, incorporating history, geography, philosophy and foreign languages,” said Dr. Richard Collins, department chairman. “We prepare students for the world today and what it will be tomorrow, not just as it has been in the past. The development of critical thinking in a variety of contexts is a key component of this degree.”

The communication studies degree can be steered beyond traditional oral communication to include public relations, media relations, business communications, journalism, advertising and marketing. The program was primarily developed by Dr. Doran O’Donnell, assistant professor of communication studies, and Dr. Jim Stacy, professor of theatre and communication studies. Stacy said graduates “will have practical and theoretical knowledge of communication in this information age with an increasing focus on computer-mediated communication and information, media, visual and cinematic literacy.”

Additional information about the latest baccalaureate degrees is available from the Department of Arts, English and Humanities, 473-6581.

The other baccalaureate degrees offered by LSUA are bachelors of science in nursing, psychology, mathematics, elementary education, biology, business administration and criminal justice, bachelor of arts in history, bachelor of general studies, and bachelor of liberal studies. Armstrong said LSUA next will pursue four-year degrees in allied health and visual and performing arts.