Students at Sam Houston State are generally satisfied with the academics here. The University is especially known for its strengths in mass communications, education, and music, and, most notably, its criminal justice program. These are among the popular major areas pursued by students, so they are seemingly more emphasized here. The reputations of these programs are justified in many cases, but since SHSU is growing at such a quick rate—the number of incoming students drastically increases every year—some feel that there are not enough resources to accommodate all of the students who need them. In terms of the professors, there is quality communication between students and professors, and students say their professors all know who they are and that their professors’ communication skills are good. The faculty is also very knowledgeable about their subjects, and many of them have quality work experience in their fields.
The advisers can sometimes be helpful when assisting students with their schedules, but most of the time they refer to a course curriculum of required classes instead of actually hearing what a student wants to study. Advisers that are specifically affiliated with a certain field are more helpful in guiding students in that field rather than a mixed match, such as a political science adviser guiding an education major. Class registration is set up so upperclassmen and honors students get the first pick of courses, which is understandable. The workload throughout each semester isn’t too bad at all, but once the basics are done with and the advanced major courses come in, the workload increases slightly. Overall, the academics at SHSU are satisfactory.