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Students who were majors, minors, or certificate graduates in history and geography go on to lead successful lives in a number of diverse fields using the training they received here at Columbus State University. We also want to remain an important part of the lives of our alumni well after they've graduated, so if you have news or want to share your experiences post-graduation, please send us an email.

Whether choosing to go on to graduate school or directly beginning their careers upon graduation, you can read more about the experiences of our students through their own words:

Katherine Hinzman '15

When did you graduate, and what were your major/minors?

During my time at CSU, I was a double major in History and Art History, with a certificate in International Studies. I graduated in May 2015.

Since you graduated, what have you been up to?

After leaving CSU, I undertook a Masters in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Oxford. My dissertation focused on the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones and how his theological background influenced his artistic output later in life. This topic forms the basis for my current PhD dissertation at the University of York. I am currently finishing my first of a three year program there. I have been presenting at international History, Art History and theological conferences in the UK while working in the archives of London, Oxford and Cambridge.

How was your experience at CSU and with our department? How did our department prepare you for what you are doing now?

In response to your two final questions, 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 within academia. I particularly benefited from the Methods course taught by Ilaria Scaglia, and from the department's encouragement to undertake history courses as a visiting student at Oxford through CSU's Center for International Education. 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.

Mark Sciuchetti '13, MA '15

When did you graduate, and what were your major/minors?

I graduated from CSU in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in History/Minor in Music Performance and a Masters degree in History in 2015.

Since you graduated, what have you been up to? 

Since graduating from CSU, I am persuing a Masters in Musicology degree and a PhD in Geography from Florida State University. I have decided to continue in my education by combining my passions for music, history, and GIS by working on the geography of music. Most of my research currently focuses on the ways in which women composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have composed American place and identity. I have presented on this topic at national and international conferences and am currently working on a composition of the Hudson River.

How was your experience at CSU and with our department?

I enjoyed my time at CSU. When I was a student, Dr. Gary Sprayberry was the head of the department and he made every effort to allow me to work on my degree while taking many music classes. I was also awarded a Spencer Scholarship to study at Regents Park College of Oxford University for a semester. This would not have been possible without the support of Dr. Neil McCrillis, who guided me through my work and influenced me to work on my Masters; he was a wonderful advisor.

How did our department prepare you for what you are doing now?

I benefited from the support of many members of the faculty, including Dr. Ilaria Scaglia, Dr. Dan Crosswell, and Dr. Doug Thompson and their constant encouragement to improve my writing. What I learned at CSU helped me to become a better writer and communicator. The person who most prepared me for my current path was Dr. Brad Huff. His friendship, support, and constant encouragement influenced me to continue my education and to incorporate into GIS my passions of music and history. Dr. Huff's experience and kindness helped me to find what I wanted to do with career. He is an asset to the university and I believe he will continue to help students find their way.

Juli Yoder '14

When did you graduate, and what were your major/minors?

I graduated in May 2014, with a major in History and a minor in Geography.

Since you graduated, what have you been up to?

Once I graduated, I began an internship in Fall of 2014 with the Columbus Consolidated Government's engineering department doing GIS. At that same time, I began my Masters of Urban and Regional Planning with a focus in Sustainability through the University of Florida online. An urban planner position opened in the CCG's planning department, to which I applied and was offered the position Spring of 2015. I was an urban planner for CCG until Spring of 2016, when I moved to Atlanta with my now husband where he attends law school. I accepted a position with the Henry County planning and zoning department, which is about 45 min. south of Druid Hills in Atlanta where I currently live.

My job duties now are very different than they were at CCG. As an urban planner in Columbus, I reviewed subdivision plats and was the secretary of the Board of Historic Architectural Review. In Columbus, I also learned how to (and then conducted) environmental reviews. In Henry County, I write technical staff reports for rezonings, conditional uses, and other similar applications. I also review business licenses, sign applications, and special event applications for events such as 5k's and filming. Another big portion of my job with Henry County includes presenting cases before the Zoning Advisory Board and Board of Commissioners monthly.
I am working on my thesis right now which essentially looks for the 'gray' area between historic preservation and sustainability when making an historic home more 'sustainable'. I am slated to graduate my Master's program December 2017.

How was your experience at CSU and with our department?

My experience at CSU was wonderful. I was a student athlete on the rifle team, so my schedule was always complicated, and my teachers/ advisors were always accommodating and understanding. The professors were all very knowledgeable in their subjects and encouraging. I must say, until my junior year at CSU, I was going to be a high school history teacher. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but I never would have guessed that I would be where I am today. My teachers and advisors helped me transition into the geography minor seamlessly. I also really enjoyed the subject matter of my classes, specifically European history and military history.

How did our department prepare you for what you are doing now?

I was working on a major in history initially, with a minor in secondary education. For a few reasons that was not going to pan out, so I changed my minor to geography, and I am glad I did. I had already taken a handful of geography classes and really enjoyed them, especially GIS. Dr. Rees and Dr. Huff's classes meshed well, meaning I could use my GIS skills in other geography classes (the most fun was mapping/rafting the Chattahoochee River). This lead to the ability for me to apply for a GIS internship with the CCG, and the rest is history. I use GIS a great deal as a planner. Also, while working on my history major, we frequently had to give presentations, especially in senior classes. That helped me a great deal. I still remember Dr. Scaglia giving us advice about text size, spacing, and timing regarding presentation notes, and use it to this day!

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