Mar 30, 2023  
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin

Department of History

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Andrew Lannen, interim chair
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 303
Phone: (936) 468-3802
Fax: (936) 468-2478
P.O. Box 13013, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962


Perky Beisel, Court Carney, Philip E. Catton, Dana Cooper, Paul Sandul, Scott Sosebee, Stephen R. Taaffe

Associate Professors
Robert B. Allen, Mark Barringer, Aryendra Chakravartty, Randi Cox, Andrew Lannen, Brook Poston

Assistant Professors
Hunter M. Hampton, Aaron Moulton, Samuel Sutherland

Lisa Bentley, Lydia Towns, Carolyn White


The Department of History serves a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body by offering a wide variety of courses, seminars and individual studies. In addition, the department plays an active role in historical activities beyond the university by participating in historical associations, preservation projects, public speaking, research and writing, and by serving as a community resource for historical matters, particularly those relating to the East Texas region. The department’s programs are designed to enable graduates to explore and prepare for exciting careers in fields such as museum or archival work, historic preservation, cultural resources management, government service, law, business, and education. To achieve these objectives, the department offers major tracks in history or history teaching, and minor tracks in history or public history.

In particular, the history department enables students to achieve the following objectives:

  • Acquire the knowledge of history, skill at historical analysis, and sensitivity to historical and social forces needed for lifelong intellectual and aesthetic enrichment.
  • Gain, through the study of history, an understanding of the social, political and ethical dimensions of the human condition, as well as the critical-thinking skills necessary for responsible citizenship in a representative democracy.
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and capacity for continuous learning required for career success in a constantly changing national and global environment.

Together, the SFA history department faculty, staff and students strive to promote historical knowledge, an essential mark of a mature individual. “Not to know what happened before one was born,” wrote Cicero, “is to always be a child.”

History Honor Society

Membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, is open to undergraduate students who have 12 semester hours of history, a 3.1 GPA in all history courses, and an overall 3.0 GPA in all other courses.

Course Credit

Unless otherwise indicated, courses carry three semester credit hours, three hours lecture per week.


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