Stephen F. Austin State University


The Department of History offers exciting academic opportunities for its majors and minors. The history program seeks to develop a student who is broadly educated in the liberal arts and who appreciates his or her own national heritage and understands the development and problems of other cultures as well. The person who is familiar with the roots of the past and the problems of the present is sensitive to the possibilities of the future. In its broadest sense, history encompasses every aspect of human development since the beginning of written records. Thus, history is an excellent major in which to achieve a broad, general education. The 16 full-time members of the SFA history faculty hold advanced degrees from some of the nation's leading universities. The faculty consists of scholars in such broad fields as United States, medieval and ancient, modern European, Latin American, and Asian history. History courses emphasize both reading and independent research. The department is an institutional member of the American Historical Association.

Majors & Minors

Undergraduate majors in history work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. Undergraduates can pursue a major in history (with or without secondary teaching certification); a second major in history; or a minor in history. The department also offers a Master of Arts program for graduate students, including an M. A. with an emphasis in public history.

Student Organizations

History Club: Open to all students with an interest in history; the club sponsors programs and trips to historical sites.

Phi Alpha Theta (international honor society in history): Open to outstanding junior, senior, and graduate students.

Additional Importance

For more information, contact the Department of History at or 936.468.3802.