On June 5, 2001, following approval by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of
Regents, the Louisiana Legislature passed legislation (Senate Bill 853) allowing Louisiana State University at
Alexandria to offer baccalaureate degrees. In December 2002, SACSCOC approved a substantive change request from LSUA,
thereby accrediting the university to award both associate and baccalaureate degrees.
In Fall 2003, LSUA was reorganized into colleges and departments rather than divisions. The College of Arts and
Sciences is comprised of the departments of Arts, English and Humanities; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biological
Sciences; and Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The College of Professional Studies is comprised of the departments of
Allied Health, Business Administration, Education, and Nursing.
LSUA began offering four baccalaureate degrees in Fall 2003: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of General
Studies, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Liberal Studies. Because there were students at
LSUA who had completed upper-level course work through LSU Senior College, LSUA produced its first bachelor's degree
graduates in December 2003.
A Bachelor of Science in Psychology, approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors in March 2005, and a Bachelor of Science
in Mathematics, approved by the LSU Board in June 2006, are now offered. In 2008 the university began offering Bachelor
of Arts degrees in English, Communication Studies, and History, along with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business
Administration, Criminal Justice, and Nursing.
In addition to the Department of Education offering courses that lead to an Associate of Arts in The Care and
Development of Young Children and the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, courses are offered for alternative
certification in the following areas: Elementary Education, Grades 1-5; Health and Physical Education, Grades K-12; and
Secondary Education, Grades 6-12 for the areas of biology, English, history, and mathematics. Students who major in
biology, English, history, or mathematics may declare Secondary Education as a minor in these areas of study, earning
certification to teach that subject in Grades 6-12. Add-on certifications are available for Early Childhood Education
(PK-3) and Special Education in area of existing certification(s).
The Oaks, the university’s first student housing complex, opened in the fall of 2007. The complex, which includes four
apartment buildings and a community center.
LSUA hired its first athletic director in January 2007 and began competing in NAIA men’s baseball and women’s
fast-pitch softball in Spring 2008. In January 2010, LSUA’s new on-campus baseball-softball complex was unveiled in an
opening day dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The complex is located on the north side of campus adjacent to the
Fitness Center and features seats transferred from the famed Alex Box Stadium on the Baton Rouge campus.
LSUA added five sports in 2014 including men’s and women’s basketball and soccer teams along with women’s tennis. LSUA
joined the Red River Athletic Conference in 2014. The RRAC includes Bacone College (Okla.), Huston-Tilloston University
(Texas), Jarvis Christian College (Texas), Langston University (Okla.), LSU-Shreveport, Our Lady of the Lake University
(Texas), Paul Quinn College (Texas), Texas College, University of St. Thomas (Texas), University of Texas-Brownsville,
University of the Southwest (New Mexico) and Wiley College (Texas) in addition to LSUA.
The university’s newest building, Mulder Hall, was opened in August 2011. The building is a 70,000 square-foot facility
that provides 18 classrooms, 4 academic department office suites, 52 faculty offices, 2 conference rooms, a computer
lab and a writing lab, a painting and drawing studio, a ceramics studio, a photography suite, and a black box theater
that seats 175 people.