College of Liberal and Applied Arts
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The College of Liberal and Applied Arts is, in many ways, the heart of an SFA education because it teaches all students at the university how to write, speak and think critically. As the American Association of State Colleges and Universities concluded, a liberal arts education is even more relevant today than in years past. A liberal arts education is the road to success in today’s competitive job market. Apple founder Steve Jobs said, Technology alone is not enough – it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our heart sing.” The College of Liberal and Applied Arts is committed to providing an education designed for the 21st century.

The college comprises 10 academic departments: English; Government; History; Languages, Cultures and Communication; Mass Communication; Military Science; Multidisciplinary Programs; Psychology; Social Work; and Social Analysis. Together, these disciplines constitute the humanities and social sciences or, simply, the liberal arts. Our undergraduate degrees are typically just the first step in our students’ higher education. After all, more Fortune 500 CEOs earned their undergraduate degrees in liberal arts than in all other degree fields combined. A liberal arts degree leads to a career, not just a job. In a survey of our college’s alumni, 88 percent reported being highly satisfied with the preparation for employment they received. A high level of satisfaction is reported by current students as well, with 77 percent expressing contentment with their academic major. Few colleges in the nation receive such high praise. To us, students matter above all else.

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Scholarships/Program Support

  • East Texas Historical Association Fund
  • F.E. Abernethy Fund (History)
  • George Herbert Walker Bush Internship
  • Lillian E. Hoover Scholarship (English)
  • Lumberjack Battalion Fund (Military Science)
  • Mary Alison Hill Memorial Scholarship (School of Social Work)
  • Mike Shapiro Radio and Television Excellence Fund
  • Norman Johnson Communications Scholarship
  • Robert S. Maxwell Lecture Fund
  • Southwestern Bell Communications Scholarship
  • T.E. Ferguson Creative Writing Scholarship
  • William C. "Wild Bill" Marshall Liberal Arts Scholarship
  • William R. McAllister Scholarship
  • William T. Chambers Geography Scholarship

Famous Lumberjacks

Spike Dykes ’59, Lubbock, TX
Former Head Coach, Texas Tech Univ. Football

Bill Owens 73, Denver, CO
Former Governor of Colorado

Will Jennings 65 & 67, Los Angeles, CA
Oscar and Grammy Award winning songwriter, "Up Where We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman; "My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic; "Tears in Heaven” with Eric Clapton; Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee

Nancy Dickey 72, College Station, TX
President, Texas A&M Univ. Health Science Center; Past President of the American Medical Association (First woman to be elected AMA president.)

Paul Beran ’79 & ’80, Fort Smith, AR
Chancellor, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

Greg Powell ’80, Carthage, TX
President, Panola College

Vance Gipson ’69 & ’71, Odessa, TX
President, Odessa College

Bonita Jacobs ’71 & ’73, Dahlonega, GA
President, University of North Georgia

Mike Moses 74, Dallas, TX
Former Superintendent of Dallas ISD, Former Texas Commissioner of Education

Dee Ann McWilliams 68 & 69, Alexandria, VA
Maj. Gen., U.S. Army (two-star)

Kelvin Davis 88, Acworth, GA
CNN news executive

Bob Murphey ’42 (deceased)
Noted Texas humorist; Mark Twain Award recipient from International Platform Assoc.; Texas Monthly’s "Texas Best Good Old Boy”

Ron Lewis 73, Mauriceville, TX
Former Texas State Rep. (Library at Lamar State Orange named in his honor.)

Roy Blake Jr. ’79, Nacogdoches, TX
Former Texas State Representative

Michael Schneider ’65, Houston, TX
U.S. District Judge for Eastern District of Texas

Casey Coffman 89, New York, NY
Executive Vice President, Business Development and Operations for Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sports. MSG Sports owns and operates sports franchises, including the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers

Dr. Brian Murphy, Dean

"The generous private donations we receive from alumni and friends of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts are extremely important to our mission of providing the interdisciplinary connections and real-world experiences that SFA students need in order to be prepared for today's ever-changing, globally competitive workplace."

—Dr. Brian Murphy,
Dean of the College of Liberal & Applied Arts





Office of Development

P.O. Box 6092 - SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6092
2102 Alumni Drive
Austin Bldg. Ste. 303
Phone: 800.319.9517
Phone: 936.468.5406
Fax: 936.468.7025