Students enrolled in this department choose from an array of programs, including anthropology, geography, sociology, sustainable community development and gerontology.
Highly respected for its effective teaching and learning opportunities, the department's anthropology and archaeology lab is certified by the Texas Historical Commission and houses a variety of held-in-trust collections for the state of Texas. Students learn by doing through internships, archaeological digs, service projects and scientific research.
Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in world, British and American literature; professional and technical writing; creative writing; linguistics; and literary criticism.
The curriculum specializes in children's literature, creative writing, English pedagogy, publishing and digital rhetoric.
Students have opportunities to serve as interns in the literary journals RE:AL and Humid as well as with the SFA Press. Additionally, the program hosts a writers' series, which brings prominent authors to the SFA campus.
The government department houses programs in political science, criminal justice and public administration.
Political science provides students with an opportunity to focus in pre-law, international affairs or American politics. Criminal justice is a practitionerbased program in law enforcement, corrections, court administration and juvenile justice. A public administration degree prepares graduates for leadership positions in public agencies and non-profit organizations.
Furthermore, the department offers a variety of student activities, including Moot Court, Model UN and the Texas Legislative Intern Program.
The Department of History is comprised of faculty members who are both scholars and passionate teachers. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs with a strong public-history focus allowing students to gain experience in many non-academic areas.
Additionally, partnerships with local and regional organizations provide opportunities for hands-on internships and field placements.
The Spanish, French, German and Portuguese languages are all taught in this department. Study-abroad programs are annually offered to help further develop language and cultural skills.
The communication studies program focuses on organizational communication, media studies, interpersonal communication and public communication. Graduate degrees are available in Hispanic studies and communication studies.
Students learn from exposure to hands-on opportunities and training. The Internet-based LaNana Link Radio is student operated and broadcast a wide range of music and discussion topics in several languages.
Additionally, the department sponsors the university's debate team, which competes on the national level. The Language Resource Center also provides viewing stations for films, voice recorders for speech practice and testing and many other tools to enable students to acquire second-language skills.
The mass communication department strives to stay up-to-date on technology changes and trends in the mass media industry to help prepare our students to enter the 21st-century workforce. A cutting-edge curriculum is delivered, which stresses the need to produce content across multimedia platforms as well as embrace the digital world. Students are provided a quality classroom experience and hands-on learning opportunities in television, radio, journalism, public relations and advertising.
Our modern and interactive TV studio and radio station provide students with the tools to be successful. The TV production studio is equipped with a control room, production office, editing suites and more to give students a glimpse into the professional media realm. Likewise, students operate our radio station, KSAU-90.1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week while learning studio and field production technology.
The Department of Military Science, known as the Lumberjack Battalion, provides college-trained officers for the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. More than 600 o?cers have been commissioned since the program's launch in 1968.
The goal of the U.S. Army ROTC program is to develop technically competent, physically fit and highly motivated men and women for positions of responsibility as commissioned military o?cers. Students who enroll in ROTC do not join the army but take classes for which they receive elective credit. A cadet also can select military science as a minor.
Competitive scholarships are available and awarded on the basis of merit. During the first two years of college, ROTC cadets have no military obligation unless under scholarship.
The Division of Multidisciplinary Programs provides academic opportunities for students whose professional and educational goals do not correlate with traditional major programs or who desire a degree that stresses interdisciplinary knowledge. Specifically, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies, and Master of Interdisciplinary Studies allow students to personalize their degree by merging two or more areas of study. The Division also houses seven interdisciplinary minors.
Our undergraduate philosophy program provides students with opportunities to explore the fundamental issues that have intrigued and perplexed human beings for millennia, including the nature of reality, human knowledge and truth, mind and personal identity and the application of ethical principles to moral problems. Studying such topics fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, higher-order reasoning, and effective communication.
Finally, the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences is unique in that it allows students to apply credit non-collegiate credit toward the completion of a bachelor's degree, including credits earned through community college vocational or technical programs, military training, and occupational licensure or certification. Students who hold an associate degree in a technical field are particularly well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the BAAS.
Our undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offer students the opportunity to engage in firsthand research to help develop highly marketable skills and work with professors who each operate their own laboratories.
Distinguished scholars mentor students who have the opportunity to gain expertise in statistics and research design and present award-winning research at professional conferences.
Outside of the classroom, students can become members of the Psychology Club, a student-run organization enhancing students' understanding and appreciation of psychology through volunteer, educational and social activities. Students can also join Psi Chi, the national society for psychology, for additional field experience and networking.
Our accredited undergraduate and graduate social work programs provide a unique focus on the rural context. Graduates work in public and private agencies that serve as safety nets for people experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Our students undergo field education, a signature pedagogy connecting concepts and theories to actual social work practices in agency settings, to better prepare for their careers.
Not only are individuals and families impacted by our graduates, but our students also become better humans and competent professionals through their mandatory internship experience.