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Department of History & Geography

Located on the RiverPark Campus in Uptown Columbus, Georgia, the department houses specialist faculty with international reputations in the fields of United States, Latin American, Indigenous American, African American, Middle Eastern, and French histories, along with thematic interests in religious studies, racial and ethnic history, popular culture, memory studies, and the digital humanities. Courses in Urban, Community, and Cultural Geography as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enhance the research and employment opportunities of our graduates. Course sizes are small, and our faculty pride themselves on close relationships with our students and community, along with a commitment to them that often lasts beyond graduation.

What We Do

Dr. Bryan Banks

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.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Ryan Willoughby

Ryan Willoughby ‘08

“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.”

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

“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.”