Cumberland University

History Major


Preparing today's students for the jobs of tomorrow is the goal of Cumberland's History Program. With a degree in History from Cumberland University, students can pursue careers as historians, lawyers, government employees, media personnel, museum curators, archivists and teachers, as well as gain a sound base for success and service to society.

Students who plan to teach history complete a dual major in Secondary Education. This dual-degree option is offered collaboratively by History and Education faculty to ensure that Cumberland graduates interested in teaching in Tennessee’s schools are highly qualified to teach in their subject areas. 

The B.A. degree in History consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours:

  • 44-47 hours from the GEC
  • 18 hours from history core courses
  • 27 hours of upper-level history electives
  • 15 hours from required social science courses
  • 9 hours of social science electives
  • 6-7 hours of general electives

For complete course descriptions, please review our undergraduate catalog.


For further information about History at Cumberland, please contact the program director, Dr. Mark Cheathem.


Phone: 615.547.1341





What can you do with
a major in History?

A lot of things.  Here are two great resources to help
you learn more.


Meet the Faculty

Mr. Rick Bell, Instructor of History

Dr. Mark Cheathem, 
Professor of History

Dr. Natalie Inman
Assistant Professor, History