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Notable Alumni

Careers and Alumni

Exciting, diverse careers begin here

What can you do with a degree from the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology? It might be easier to ask what you can’t do. Our graduates fly helicopters and conduct research on sustainable farming. They work for state and local governments and become elected officials. They start their own businesses. They travel the world.  They make a difference.

Wondering where your degree can take you? Check out what some of our graduates are doing.

Sarah Nichols, Class of ‘17
Cadet, Texas Army National Guard 

Sarah Nichols

Sarah Nichols graduated from SFA with Bachelor of Science in geography and a minor in geographic information systems and military science. While enrolled at SFA, she tested to one of the top three in the Texas Army Aviation Federal Selection Board. Currently, Sarah is with the 1-149 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion 36th Combat Aviation Brigade Texas Army National Guard. 

Emily Borth, Class of ’08 and ‘10
Operations manager, Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute

Emily Borth

Emily Borth is a registered dietitian and holds a Master of Science in human sciences and a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and anthropology from SFA. Her love of nature and passion for travel, camping and hiking led her to volunteer and pursue a conservation-centered line of work. She has particular interest in sustainable agriculture and the influence of culture on conservation. Her primary research interests involve plants and wildlife, specifically lemurs. In her current role at the Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute, Emily applies her experience in management and oversight to help with the organization’s operations.

Emily says at SFA she learned time management, problem-solving and prioritization skills, as well as how to break out of her comfort zone and create new and lasting friendships. She sees her years at SFA as a formative life experience that prepared her well for a diverse career path and time living abroad. She plans to continue her work in conservation in the form of sustainability, especially sustainable food systems, and she says her educational background from SFA in both nutrition and anthropology has been instrumental in preparing her for this career path.

Shelley Brophy, Class of ‘95  
Mayor, City of Nacogdoches

Shelley Brophy, Class of ‘95  

Shelley Brophy holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. The education she received at SFA prepared her for success and helped her build critical thinking and problem-solving skills and develop the competency to make informed decisions in her personal and professional life. 


Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology

Dugas Liberal Arts North 
Room 335

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P.O. Box 13047, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962