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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.

 

Ryan Willoughby

 The department prepared me in more ways than I can actively remember. The most notable ways it prepared me was in requiring me to hone my public speaking skills, to learn how to thoroughly research topics, and to share what I learned in a clear and consistent manner. I work for the 65 Habitat for Humanity affiliates that operate in the state of Georgia and who serve approximately 300+ families each year with affordable housing solutions.  I am responsible for fundraising, training, advocating, and providing disaster preparedness for those affiliates.  At any given time, I am arranging multiple training events, administering a few grants, and engaging in advocacy efforts on a state and national level on behalf of Habitat’s mission. 

Now, Ryan is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Georgia.

 

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. Bryan Banks

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most important figures in human history. For more than fifteen years, he shaped Europe and the fate of European empires around the world. Despite his importance, historians debate his legacy. Was he a ruthless dictator determined to create a global dynasty? Or was he the heir of the French Revolution‘s democratic idealism? Explore these questions and more in Dr. Banks‘s Napoleon 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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