With a well-rounded liberal and applied arts education, our graduates are prepared for successful careers in a variety of fields.
The College of Liberal and Applied Arts facilitates internships with the state legislature for students looking for hands-on experience in government.
Our students participate in content creation and production at SFA’s TV and radio stations as well as our digital and printed publications.
We believe in giving Lumberjacks opportunities to make an impact by assisting the community and preserving its history.
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Liberal and Applied Arts
The College of Liberal and Applied Arts at SFA provides students with the broad-based skills required to be successful over a lifetime. A combination of humanities and social sciences ensure our students communicate well, think critically, solve problems creatively and value ethics.
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At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom. Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.
Then and Now: Alumna shares her and great-grandmother’s SFA experience.
Determination and the Lumberjack spirit seem to run in the family for Heather Dulin, a 2009 SFA graduate whose great-grandmother, Ibby Inez Fuller, attended during the university’s infancy.
“It’s incredible to think my great-grandmother attended the same university I did 82 years earlier,” Dulin said. “While our lives in Nacogdoches and on campus were different, I know we were in search of the same thing — a formative educational experience centered around learning and growing to be better women. And that’s exactly what we achieved.”
Heather Dulin, psychology major, class of 2009
DR. JOYCE JOHNSTON HELPS STUDENTS OPEN DOORS WITH LANGUAGE
New people, new ideas and new cultures are all waiting to be explored. French and the other modern languages provide life-changing opportunities. Dr. Joyce Johnston’s students have traveled the French-speaking world for educational trips, study abroad programs and internships.
RANKING ABOVE THE REST
Alex Medina graduated from Duncanville High School in June 2015 and began attending SFA the following fall semester. Since joining the ROTC program, he has completed Army Air Assault School at Fort Benning in Georgia, and he was awarded the George C. Marshall Award, which is presented to the nation’s top Army ROTC cadets.
Medina commissioned as a second lieutenant infantry officer and graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a focus in cellular and molecular biology and a minor in military science.
Cadet Alex Medina
WILMA CORDOVA GIVES STUDENTS THE TOOLS TO EMPOWER THOSE IN NEED.
SFA professor Wilma Cordova believes social work is a calling. She guides her students through rigorous research, fieldwork and role-playing exercises to prepare them for careers as advocates for equality and social justice.
What Language Do Bears Speak?
As a class project in her Invented Languages course at SFA, Lindsey Antonini developed a language for bears called Arktosk. Her work garnered a mention in a New York Times article entitled Create Your Own Language, For Credit.
After graduating from SFA with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a minor in linguistics in 2012, Antonini commenced doctoral studies in linguistics at the University of Georgia.
Lindsey Antonini, Class of 2012
Jazz History: From Brazil to America
For his book, "Cuttin’ Up: How Early Jazz Got America’s Ear," SFA faculty member Dr. Court Carney interviewed musicians in Salvador, Brazil, to build upon his research on the intersections of race and music. Dr. Carney’s work incorporating the idea of music, place and memory in Bahia serves as an important addition to his scholarship on these relationships within the United States.
Dr. Court Carney
DR. JOYCE JOHNSTON HONORED WITH CIVIL JUSTICE AWARD.
Dr. Johnston received the Texas American Board of Trial Advocates 2018 Champion of Civil Justice award on behalf of her work with SFA’s Pre-Law Academy. The Pre-Law Academy, which Johnston has overseen since 2014, is an innovative summer program that introduces high school students to a career in law.
Dr. Joyce Johnston, Director of Division of Multidisciplinary Programs
Challenging Minds. Changing Lives.
Dr. Michael Tkacik is a professor of political science and the director of SFA’s School of Honors. His tireless work advising and supporting both current and former Lumberjacks earned him SFA’s 2017 Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award. Tkacik is a shining example of how SFA faculty members are committed to challenging minds and changing lives – one Lumberjack at a time.
Dr. Michael Tkacik
MICHAEL ZERINGUE WINS GEOGRAPHY AWARD
Zeringue was awarded the 2017-18 William T. Chambers Outstanding Geography Graduate Award, which is given annually to recognize an outstanding geography graduate. Zeringue is pursuing his goal of being an engineering officer in the U.S. Army. He aspires to obtain a master’s degree in the engineering field.
Michael Zerinque, Class of 2018
Lights. Camera. Lumberjack in Action.
As media operations specialist for KHOU-TV, Devonte Hill preps for the morning news followed by Great Day Houston, a one-hour daily program broadcast live in front of a studio audience. Hill is constantly in motion – preparing sets, moving props and cameras and adjusting lights. He also creates stories for the show, assists in producing segments, writes teasers and cuts voiceover footage.
Devonte Hill, Class of 2014
French professor Dr. Johnston hosts weekly gatherings at a local coffee shop to help students and community members hone their conversational French speaking.
Political science professor Ken Collier analyzes the impact of U.S. presidential speechwriting in his book, Speechwriting in the Institutionalized Presidency: Whose Line Is It?
SFA professor Wilma Cordova guides her students through rigorous research, fieldwork and role-playing exercises to prepare them for successful careers as advocates for equality and social justice.
SFA English professor Dr. Kenneth Untiedt is helping to preserve the past through the world-renowned Texas Folklore Society. With its roots dating back to 1909, it’s the longest-existing, state-based folklore organization.
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Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3033
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