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Department of History & Geography

Special Certificate Programs

Geographic Information Systems and Science

The GIS certificate is a 15 - credit program open to all majors and non-degree students. The program is designed for individuals who want to enhance their careers or academic studies through a development of spatial reasoning and analysis using academically informed geographic information systems and science. The GIS skills and practices learned in this program equip students to use spatial data in their chosen majors and/or occupations. The award of the certificate means that the holder has completed the required courses and at least three hours of elective courses earning a "B" or better in each course. For courses graded as "Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory" a "SAT" grade must be earned.

Admission Requirements:

Prerequisites: GEOG 2215 Introduction to GIS (4) offered in Fall and Spring Semesters

Required hours: 15

Required Curriculum (12 credit hours)
GEOG 3215 Intermediate GIS (4) offered in Spring Semesters
GEOG 5215U Advanced GIS (4) offered in Fall Semesters
GEOG 3556/ 5128U Selected Topics in GIS (4) offered through negotiated independent study

Elective Curriculum (at least 3 credit hours)
GEOG 3556 / 5128U Selected Topics in GIS (3)** offered through negotiated independent study
GEOG 4615 Geography Internship, GIS focus (1 to 6)*** - offered through negotiated contract

Additional GIS - oriented courses approved by the certificate coordinators as they become available will be suitable as elective coursework.****

(*)The required GEOG 3556 / 5128 Selected Topics in GIS requires the student to complete 20 lab modules from ESRI's online selection of GIS labs. The specific modules will be proposed by the student and approved by the instructor. They will be geared towards developing specialized skills in a particular area of GIS of interest to the student. In addition, the student will meet several times with the instructor during the course of the semester to review progress towards completion of the class. In the event that the department offers a class in remote sensing or a class in GIS programming, either will serve as an alternative to the independent study.

(**) The elective GEOG 3556/ 5128 Selected Topics in GIS requires the student to propose an independent study in GIS. GIS classes at CSU are designed to include theory, technique, and application. Students proposing an independent study should clearly identify elements of theory, technique, and their proposals.

(***) There are specific obligations to GEOG 4615 that must be met for the internship, paid or unpaid, to qualify for credit.

(****) As examples of additional GIS course work that would qualify, the department is currently considering extending the GIS curriculum to include a remote sensing class and a GIS programming class.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Certificate

The Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is designed to encourage the pursuit of interdisciplinary work among several departments in the subject area of medieval and early modern European society and culture. The Certificate requires six courses (18 credits) in the medieval and early modern European period according to the following distributional requirements. Students must take HIST 3156 as part of the certificate. All certificate students must receive a C or better to receive credit for a course taken to fulfill the certificate requirements. Students interested in the certificate should contact the certificate coordinator and investigate the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at http://medren.columbusstate.edu/

Required (1 course)
HIST 3156 Intro to European History II, Medieval and Early Modern

Electives (5 courses) Must choose at least three areas of study.
ARTH 3115 Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 3117 Italian Renaissance
ARTH 3118 Northern Renaissance
ARTH 3126 Baroque Art and Architecture in Italy and Spain
ENGL 3135 Medieval Literature in Britain
ENGL 3136 Renaissance Literature in Britain
ENGL 4505 Selected Topics in Shakespeare
ENGL 4555 Selected Authors
ENGL 5166 History of the English Language
ENGL 5187 Old English
ENGL 5545 Advanced Topics in Literature, Writing and Theory
HIST 3155 Intro to European History I, Ancient and Medieval
HIST 3555 History Topics
HIST 5575 Selected Topics in European History (topic specific to area)
MUSC 3228 Music History to Mozart
PHIL 3115 Ancient-Medieval Philosophy
POLS 3148 Religion and Politics
SPAN 4115 Survey of Spanish Literature
SPAN 4117 Spanish Golden Age Theatre
THEA 3175 Theatre History/Literature 1: Greeks to Renaissance
THEA 3176 Theatre History/Literature 2: Renaissance to Romanticism

Recommended Language Study: While foreign language study is not required for the Certificate, all candidates are encouraged to enhance the work they can do in Medieval Studies by acquiring a reading knowledge of a modern or historical European language as early as possible. Studying Latin in addition is strongly recommended for those who plan to do graduate work in the field.

European Union Certificate

The European Union certificate is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary course of study on the European Union. The target students are those already completing degrees in business, the social sciences, and humanities. Requirements include: EURO 2105, EURO 4795, and 12 semester hours from the following (no more than six hours in any single discipline): ARTH 2126, ARTH 3127, BUSA 3135, ENGL 3140, EURO 3105, HIST 3157, HIST 5137, MGMT 4116, MUSC 3229, PHIL 3125, POLS 3138, POLS 3141, and POLS 4166. Students may also include any special topics courses in any discipline if the content is verified by the Director of the Center for International Education to be primarily European in nature. Most commonly these courses are offered in ARTH, BUSA, ECON, ENGL, HIST, ITDS and POLS. Students must complete HIST 1111 or HIST 1112 and EURO 2105 before entering the certificate program. The EU Certificate may be obtained by students pursuing a degree program or by those who have already completed an undergraduate degree. Students must also complete a study abroad program, overseas research, or an international internship.
Latin American Studies Certificate

The Latin American Studies certificate is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary course of study on Latin America. Students from all majors with a minimum 2.80 GPA are eligible to participate. Requirements include: six hours of Spanish or French at the 3000 level, or demonstration of proficiency above the intermediate level in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or Quechua; ITDS 2107 or SPAN 3175; and nine semester hours from the following (no more than three hours from the student's major): ANTH 5305U, ANTH 5515U, ANTH 5555U, ARTH 3555, BUSA 3135, COMM 4555, ECON 3165, HIST 3135, HIST 3136, HIST 3137, HIST 5535U, ITDS 1156 ,ITDS 2107, MGMT 4116, POLS 3555, SPAN 2002, SPAN 3150, SPAN 3160, SPAN 3170, SPAN 3175, SPAN 4116, SPAN 4120 AND SPAN 5555U. Students must complete 30 semester hours of credit at a four-year institution or 15 semester hours at a two-year institution, and ITDS 2107 or SPAN 3175 before applying to enroll in the certificate program. Additional courses can be applied toward the Certificate if they have a minimum of 25% Latin American content. All coursework for the Certificate must be approved by the certificate coordinator or the Director of the Center for International Education. The Certificate in Latin American Studies must be taken in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree program. For more information, contact the Center for International Education.

International Studies Certificate

The International Studies Certificate provides students with international knowledge, global perspectives and cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity that will be applied in their chosen discipline, as well as a variety of work and community environments. The knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of an International Studies Certificate student will position him or her to enter graduate or professional programs or to operate in the interdependent and cross-cultural environment of today's businesses, schools, health care providers, non-profits and governments. 

Credit Hours Courses Comments


INTS 2105: Introduction to International Studies
and Cross-Cultural Learning

INTS 2105 introduces students to the theory and practice of international studies, globalization and cross-cultural learning. Must be completed before the student has completed 9 credit hours in the certificate. A grade of "C" or better must be earned for this class.


International Learning Community (ILC) classes
OR Lower Level Language courses

At least 3 credits must be an ILC course at the 1000 or 2000-level; any lower level language course may substitute for an ILC course.


Internationally focused upper level classes (3000-5000)

These may be ILC courses or non-ILC courses if the latter has significant (50% or more) international content. The courses may or may not be in the student's major. Each non-ILC course must be chosen from a pre-approved list or approved by the ISC Coordinator.ISC students may choose to transform one non-internationally focused upper level course into an ISC course by submitting a proposal to the ISC coordinator. Students may propose any upper level course from their major, minor, or concentration. Proposals must include the following: attendance at ILC events, a project joining international studies with their major, work above and beyond that required in the proposed course, as well as the instructor's approval.


International experiential learning such as study abroad.

The academic coursework may be at any level but must be taken as part of a study abroad program, international internship or service abroad program.At least 3 credits must be earned through a study abroad program. Non-credit bearing experiences such as international volunteering or participation in an international residence hall may be considered by the ISC coordinator in lieu of the study abroad requirement.


Capstone Course

The ISC capstone course will be in the student's major but will have an international focus. If the student's academic program has a research capstone, this certificate requirement will be fulfilled with an ISC-contract capstone course as part of the student's existing program requirements. In cases where there is no research capstone course in the major, INTS 4xxx: International Studies Certificate Capstone Research will be substituted.In either case the student must first complete at least 12 hours toward the ISC and must obtain prior approval of the ISC coordinator before enrolling. A grade of "C" or better must be earned for this class.

18 Minimum credit hours required.

Required(5 courses)

INTS 2105: Introduction to International studies and Cross-Cultural Learning
International Learning Community Classes Internationally Focused Upper Level Classes (3000-5000)
Study Abroad or Other International Experiential classes
Capstone Course

Courses towards Teacher Certification

Education Coursework:
EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts
EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching
SPED 2256 Intro Except. Lrnr in General Ed.

Teacher Certification
EDSE 4205 Teaching Diverse Learners in the Social Studies Classroom 
EDSE 4245 Teaching SS in Grade 7-12
EDUF 4245 Integrating Tech

Students selecting this option will have to complete 9 semester hours of HIST and GEOG courses 3000 and above to complete Area H.

Additional courses will be required for teacher certification, please visit http://safe.columbusstate.edu/teacher_ed.php for more information.