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LSUA offers new four-year degree

Released: 07/25/2006

LSU Alexandria is offering a new baccalaureate degree this fall. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is the fifth baccalaureate degree that LSU Alexandria has begun offering since it became a four-year university in 2001.

The degree will provide an opportunity for students seeking a bachelor’s degree that prepares them for either graduate study in psychology or a closely related field, or for a variety of entry-level positions in the workforce, according to university officials.

Before this new degree was added, students with interest in psychology sought the Bachelor of Liberal Studies with a major in psychology. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is the preferred degree for employers and for further study in psychology.

Dr. Thomas Armstrong, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, expressed his excitement about this new program and noted that it was the first of many new degrees that the University will be offering the central Louisiana community.

“The University plans to initiate a wide range of baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences as well as in nursing, business and criminal justice. Proposals for these degrees are in varying stages of development or approval through the Board of Supervisors or the Board of Regents,” he said. “Classes supportive of these degrees will be offered through the campus and through classroom facilities at the Learning Center of Rapides Parish as well as through LSUA Downtown (the Alexandria Museum of Art).”

LSU Alexandria offers four other baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of General Studies, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

Other majors within the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree are business, English, communication studies, theatre, history and mathematics.

LSUA continues to offer popular associate degrees, including the associates in criminal justice, nursing, arts, early childhood education, clinical laboratory science and radiologic technology.

Registration for the fall semester is ongoing, and for the first time students can register online. Students must first report to campus to meet with an adviser before registering for classes. For more information on registration, call 473-6417.

Classes begin Aug. 21.