Learning from the past to define our future
One of the great marks of an educated mind is an understanding of history and our place in it. Our goal at the SFA Department of History is to make you a citizen of the world with a rich appreciation for the common heritage of humanity and ensure you are a responsible citizen of our representative democracy. When you are aware of the roots of the past and the problems of the present, you can then become sensitive to the possibilities of the future.
In addition to learning United States and world history, as a history major you will have unique opportunities to study and contribute to our local history through the department-sponsored East Texas Historical Association and the university’s Center for Regional Heritage Research. The department also regularly hosts renowned lecturers, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and sponsors Clio’s Eye, an online journal of history and film. The department is an institutional member of the American Historical Association.
A message from the department chair, Dr. Troy Davis
Welcome to the Department of History. Now that you’re here, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore the entire site to learn more about our faculty, staff and students as well as our programs and course offerings.
The members of our department are dedicated to helping our majors and other SFA students explore the richness of the human past in order to understand the present, thus ensuring that upon graduation, they will be prepared to play their part as productive citizens of a representative democracy. At the same time, we help our students develop practical skills that they will be able to use throughout their post-SFA lives in any number of professional careers.
Students of history learn to conduct research to solve problems; to take large amounts of information and make sense of it; and to communicate what they have learned clearly and persuasively in both oral presentations and in writing. These are skills that employers look for and have helped our graduates secure positions in education, government service and the private sector.
Troy Davis, Ph.D.
Department Chair, History