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Department of History & Geography

About the Department

History and geography are central to a rich, immersive liberal arts education. At CSU, you'll develop a deeper appreciation for the past, understand how the past influences the present, and make important connections between geography and human history.

The department offers one graduate, two undergraduate, and four certificate programs. Each is designed to foster intellectual curiosity and technical skill. At CSU, you'll collaborate with professional geographers and learn how to apply geographic information system (GIS) technology to historical research.

We believe the best education happens inside - and outside - the classroom. As a student, you'll have access to internship opportunities with the Columbus Museum, the Carter Center, the Roosevelt Institute, the Andersonville National Historic Site, and many others.


Sam Desrosier

 My four years at CSU are something I will always cherish. Volunteering for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and earning a 3-year scholarship along the way made my college experience unique compared to most. Balancing being a cadet and a serious student in the history department was still a huge challenge, however, the history department worked with me to ensure I was set up for success. Majoring in history is a degree I recommend to any officer. The amount of reps of writing you receive during undergraduate will make you a well-rounded officer. Anyone can maneuver and shoot Bradleys or run fast, but writing and your ability to critically think is what can really set you apart from your peers. 

Today, Sam is an Armor Officer in the US Army's 1st Cavalry Division, serving as an executive officer of Bradley fighting vehicles.


Create Your Future

The Department of History and Geography offers a number of degrees and minors. Explore your options here.

Department Degree Programs
Program Type Programs Available
Bachelor's History (B.A.), History - Secondary Education (B.A.)
Minors African-American Studies, Digital Humanities, Geographic Information Systems and Science, Geography, History, Latin American Studies
Undergraduate Certificates Cinema Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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Learn From the Best

The Department of History & Geography is home to many accomplished faculty members. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. Thanks to a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in our history and geography degree programs.


Dr. Gary Sprayberry
Professor / Department Chair


Dr. Bryan Banks
Assistant Professor


Dr. David Kieran
Associate Professor


Dr. Ryan Lynch
Associate Professor


Dr. Caroline Newhall
Assistant Professor


Dr. Eric Spears
Associate Professor


Dr. Doug Tompson
Associate Professor

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Dr. Ryan Lynch

ISIS has caused terror and turmoil in the Middle East for years. But what does it mean to be an “Islamic state?” What’s Islamic about it? Students will discuss these questions and many more in Dr. Lynch’s HIST 5716: The Caliphate, Medieval to Modern course.


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Columbus State University offers students a number of scholarships each year. Learn more about available scholarships.

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