The Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Scholars program prepares Ogden Honors College students for leadership roles in Louisiana, particularly in the fields of public service, social justice, and environmental sustainability. To be eligible, students must be admitted to the Honors College and must complete an interview process in the first semester of their freshman or sophomore year.
Open to all majors, the LASAL program mirrors the Ogden Honors College curriculum and provides academic courses and practical experience that supplement and enhance any field of study. LASAL was created to involve select Honors College students in ongoing efforts to find solutions to Louisiana issues such as coastal wetlands loss and chronic poverty. LASAL courses, events, and travel are designed to take advantage of the Honors College’s access to cutting-edge research opportunities at LSU, to local non-profits and policy-makers, and to Louisiana's unique culture and environments.
LASAL courses emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and research applied to real-world issues, workplace experience and discovery. The curriculum culminates in the Honors Thesis in the senior year, through which LASAL students research and offer solutions to a specific long-term Louisiana issue that is relevant to their major or field of study.
The LASAL curriculum puts its students on a clear path to graduate with College Honors (one of LSU's highest distinctions, and only available to Honors College students)-- a path that also allows students to gain real-world experience and help improve the lives of Louisiana citizens.