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Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy

About the Department

History, geography, and philosophy 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 several 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, Geography, and Philosophy 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.), Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.)1
Minors African-American Studies, Digital Humanities, Geographic Information Systems and Science, Geography, History, Latin American Studies, Philosophy
Undergraduate Certificates Cinema Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies


  1. Online option is available.

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Learn From the Best

The Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy 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. Bryan Banks
Associate Professor, Chair


Laura Davis
Assistant Professor of History


Dr. David Kieran
Associate Professor


Dr. Ryan Lynch
Associate Professor


Dr. Doug Tompson
Associate Professor


Dr. Dan Van Kley
Associate Professor


Dr. Markus Weidler
Associate Professor

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Dr. Bryan Banks

The Age of Revolutions combined great creative potential with devastating violence. Revolutionaries upended certain social inequalities while preserving others. In Dr. Banks‘s HIST 5100: Age of Revolutions class, students compare and contrast the American, French, Haitian, and Latin American Revolutions and explore the ways that issues of gender, religion, class, race, and empire shaped the goals of revolutionaries.


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


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