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Louisiana History will be offered at South Arkansas Community College for the first time when spring classes start in January, according to Dr. Ken Bridges, a history professor at SouthArk.

The new course is aimed at expanding opportunities for students in northern Louisiana, he said.

"This course will help serve our students' college goals in north central Louisiana and help them enjoy the colorful history of the state," Bridges said. "The Louisiana History course will also help future Louisiana teachers and current teachers looking to work in that state by helping them with their Louisiana accreditation requirements."

SouthArk already has offered a popular Arkansas History course for eight years. No other college in the nation offers more than one state history, making SouthArk unique, Bridges said.

The college has more than 75 students enrolled from Louisiana this semester.

Registration for the spring 2013 semester at SouthArk is open now and runs through Jan. 8, 2013. Classes begin on Jan. 9, 2013. For more information about this and other history courses, call Bridges at (870) 862-8131 or go to the college website at www.southark.edu.