Your advisor’s door is always open
We want every Lumberjack to enjoy a successful and rewarding college experience. As a student in SFA’s Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology, you’ll work closely with your academic advisor from the first day you set foot on campus to the day you graduate.
Our department has an open-door policy, and that means we are available when you need us, and we’re always ready to help. Want to learn about careers in geography? Wondering what minors pair well with an anthropology degree? Want to learn more about internships or study abroad opportunities? Not sure which electives are best for your course of study? Your advisor can help.
Support, guidance and advice
Your advisor will help you choose a major and plan a program of study that fits your interests and career goals, and they will help you stay on track and stay motivated along the way. Your advisor can also help you:
- Change your major or minor
- Explore potential career paths
- Answer questions about academic policies
- Adjust to college life
- File for graduation
- Get back on track if you’re struggling academically
Faculty and staff
All anthropology, geography and sociology students are assigned to an academic advisor as soon as they choose a major. Not sure who your advisor is? Contact the department to find out.
Visit: Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 335
How to make an appointment
You can make an appointment with your advisor by calling 936.468.4405.
You can also find your advisor and make an appointment online by following the steps below:
1. Log into mySFA
2. Click on the "Advising" tab
3. In the "My Advisor" portal, go to your assigned advisor
4. Click on "Schedule an appointment with your advisor"
Want to know more about prerequisites, coursework and degree requirements for your program? Check out the sample degree plans below:
- Bachelor of Arts in sociology (general sociology)
- Bachelor of Science in sociology (general sociology)
- Bachelor of Arts in sociology (anthropology emphasis)
- Bachelor of Science in sociology (anthropology emphasis)
- Bachelor of Arts in sociology (gerontology emphasis)
- Bachelor of Science in sociology (gerontology emphasis)
- Bachelor of Arts in geography
- Bachelor of Science in geography
- Bachelor of Arts in sustainable community development
What is a degree plan? And when do I need to file one?
A degree plan summarizes what you have taken so far and what is left for you to take to complete your degree. You must file one once you have completed 45 hours of college credits. To start the process, visit the Advising Center.
What if I want to change majors or minors?
Changing your major or minor is easy. Just visit with the advising center of the college that houses your new major or minor.
Students on academic probation or suspension may change majors with an approval from their current and receiving deans.
What is academic probation?
A student is placed on academic probation after the first regular semester in which the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. Students on academic probation whose semester grade point average is 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue on academic probation until the cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher. Academic probation will continue until the student achieves good standing or is placed on academic suspension.
What is academic suspension?
A student on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension if the student's semester grade point average falls below 2.0.
A student on academic suspension may be allowed to continue in the university through any of the following procedures:
- Meet conditions established by the student’s dean; or
- Be readmitted provisionally automatically after one regular semester’s absence from the university. Following a second or subsequent academic suspension and absence from the university for two regular semesters, be readmitted automatically. Summer terms are exempt from periods of academic suspension. Automatic readmission will not occur if the student takes courses elsewhere and fails to attain a grade point average of 2.0 for those courses; or,
- After the first academic suspension, attend summer school at Stephen F. Austin State University and either raise the cumulative grade point average to 2.0 or above or obtain a grade point average of 2.0 or above for at least nine semester credit hours in courses specified by the student’s dean.
How – and when – do I file for graduation?
Apply in person at the Rusk Building, Room 201 (this is the preferred method for undergraduate students). You can also apply for graduation by mail/email. You’ll need to fill out the appropriate form:
Application dates vary depending on which semester you plan to graduate. Please refer to the list below:
- May commencement – Applications are taken September 15 through November 15 of prior year.
- August commencement – Applications are taken January 2 through March 2 of same year.
- December commencement – Applications are taken April 1 through June 1 of same year.