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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.

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. Doug Tompson

The last two centuries have seen the United States exert significant influence – political, economic, and cultural – over the diverse nations and people that make up Latin America. That influence has been deeply affective, but works in both directions. Explore the history and impact of these cross-American relationships in Dr. Tompson’s HIST 3137: Latin America and the United States 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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