Academic Programs


Instruction is provided through a wide variety of on- and off-campus courses. The academic year is divided into fall and spring semesters and a summer term consisting of one or more sessions. Most classes are taught between 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The fall semester starts in mid-August and ends in mid-December; Wintersession, a three-week intensive term, follows fall and ends before the spring semester which lasts from January to May. Between the spring semester and the summer term there is a threeweek intensive Spring Intersession, during which students attend classes for three hours each day. Two summer sessions are generally held from early June to early August and are followed by a Summer Intersession, another intensive 3-week term ending before fall. Many students take advantage of the summer terms and Intersessions to expedite graduation, to take courses unavailable during the fall or spring, or to lighten their academic load for the following semester.

Some courses are taught through correspondence study, online, or in off-campus locations through Continuing Education. These offerings provide maximum flexibility for students, particularly adult students and those who work during the day. Also available are educational opportunities through ROTC, the “Artist and Lecture Series,” the Career Services Center, LSU-Baton Rouge Community College Cross-Enrollment Program, and LSU-Southern University cooperative programs.