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Welcome to the 
Department of Government

The political institutions, policies, behaviors and beliefs that govern our world are at the core of an education in government. At SFA, you have the opportunity to pursue academic excellence and prepare for a career in criminal justice, political science, public administration, pre-law or in our certified public manager program.

Specialty Programs

The Department of Government also offers two key specialty programs. Students can take advantage of pre-law courses or a pre-law minor. In addition, we offer a highly regarded certified public manager program.



    Gracie Guerrero is committed to helping others. That goal has led her to pursue a legal career. With a major in public administration and safety at SFA, Gracie is on track to graduate in May 2019.  Her next step will be to attend law school. In the meantime, Gracie is working with the James & Hightower Law Firm in Nacogdoches to gain real-world experience and to get a head start on making an impact on others.

    Gracie Guerrero, May 2019

    Gracie Guerrero, May 2019

  • 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

    Dr. Michael Tkacik

  • A Foundation to Succeed in Law Enforcement

    Whitney Howell found abundant opportunities within the SFA Department of Government. She earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a Master of Public Administration. In addition, she was able to work her way up to vice president of the Criminal Justice Association, which strengthened her connection to the Nacogdoches community. Whitney credits the Department of Government with giving her a great foundation for her future.

    Whitney Howell, Classes of ‘13 and ‘15

    Whitney Howell, Classes of ‘13 and ‘15

Transformative Experiences

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.

Texas Legislative Internship Program

Texas Legislative Internship Program

Every legislative session, the university gives select SFA students the chance to work full-time in the Texas Legislature. It’s a rare and valuable opportunity for those who want to learn the inner workings of our state’s legislative branch. Students who participate gain real-world experience in government and build critical connections as they network with other academics and professionals.


Crime Simulations

Crime Simulations

Criminal justice students at SFA work in teams to solve simulated robberies, home invasions and other types of crimes as part of simulated crime scene field exercises. In the process, students learn the basics of scene investigation through hands-on learning activities.


Meet Our Students

  • John H. Hasbun

    John H. Hasbun

    “I’ve been a healthcare professional for global medical organizations. By earning my Master of Public Administration at SFA, I’ll be better equipped to further my profession in healthcare management or hospital administration.”

  • Jaylon Simpson

    Jaylon Simpson

    “I transferred from a university where most of my classes were 75 to 200 students.  I love SFA’s small classroom setting. You really have a chance to get to know your professors and your classmates.”

  • James Dickert

    James Dickert

    “Through Pre-Law Society and moot court, I feel that I have become a leader in the pre-law community at SFA. I have no doubt that what I learned in both organizations will continue to help me in life long after I have graduated.”

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    Dugas Liberal Arts North
    Room 124
    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 13045, SFA Station
    Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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