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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.

 

Katherine Hinzman

 The CSU History Department provided me with a foundational methodological approach that I continue to exercise to this day. The relationships I established with professors there allowed me to develop essays in a way that set me on the right track to writing and exploring larger and broader topics and theories in academia. I particularly benefitted…from the department’s encouragement to undertake history courses as a visiting student at Oxford through CSU's Center for Global Engagement. This is what ultimately led me to apply and pursue my Masters at Oxford following my graduation from CSU and continue with my doctoral research in the UK. 

Katherine is now an art history PhD candidate at the University of York, focusing on the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones.

 

Create Your Future

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

Degree Programs
Program Name Bachelor's Master's Other
African-American Studies     Minor
Anthropology     Minor
Asian Studies     Minor
Cinema Studies     Certificate
Gender Studies     Minor
Geographic Information Systems and Science     Minor
Geography     Minor
History B.A.   Minor
History - Secondary Education B.A.    
Latin American Studies     Minor
Medieval and Renaissance Studies     Certificate

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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. Jordan Brasher
Assistant Professor of Geography

 

Dr. Ryan Lynch
Associate Professor

 

Dr. Caroline Newhall
Associate Professor

 

Dr. Eric Spears
Associate Professor

 

Dr. Doug Tompson
Associate Professor

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Dr. Jordan Brasher

Students graduating into the twenty-first century need digital skills and data literacy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs requiring skills in data visualization, mapping, and spatial analysis, including in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), will be in high demand over the next decade. In Dr. Brasher’s GEOG 2215: Introduction to GIS, students learn the fundamentals of GIS, how to collect and analyze spatial data, and work with industry-leading ArcGIS software products.

 

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

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