Message from the Dean
The College of Liberal & Applied Arts is, in many ways, the heart of Stephen F. Austin State University because no student is educated without a strong liberal arts foundation. We develop the skills that equip a student for a lifetime of success. Since the job market of the future will be different in unknown ways, students must be prepared to make connections between bodies of information, to interact in an international environment, and to shift seamlessly from one career to another. We have shaped our curriculum to accomplish these goals by delivering an education that combines intellectual with practical approaches toward knowledge.
The College's faculty members remain devoted to teaching and it shows. A recent survey of alumni revealed that 88% claimed being prepared for employment upon graduation. This high level of achievement continues for current students, with 77% expressing satisfaction with the quality of their academic major. Few colleges nationally perform at such a high level of excellence. To us, students matter above all else.
The College not only offers outstanding academic opportunities but also exposes students to several programs of excellence.
- The Center for a Livable World was launched in 2010 to focus on sustainable development. Its goal is to prepare students to move into occupations that will leave the world in a better condition for future generations.
- The Archie McDonald Speaker Series started in April, 2010 with Olympic gold medal boxing champion and world-renowned business leader George Foreman. The series is a tribute to Dr. McDonald for his contributions to the university and will continue to bring prominent figures from across the nation to the campus on an annual basis.
- The SFA University Press publishes work of the highest caliber for academic as well as regional audiences. The Press is a crown jewel that enables the College to compete on the national level.
- The Center for Regional Heritage Research promotes research into the history and natural resources of East Texas and the western parishes of Louisiana. The Center engages in activities related to historic preservation, heritage tourism, and community development.
These initiatives are just a few examples of how the College of Liberal & Applied Arts is involved in improving our local, state, national, and global communities.
We invite you to visit or contact us to explore possibilities. Our mission is to be a resource for students and for the community at-large. We are always open to new ideas and opportunities.
Brian Murphy, Dean
College of Liberal & Applied Arts