Cumberland University



Preparing today's students for the jobs of tomorrow is the goal of Cumberland's history department. 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 gaining a sound base for success and service to society.

Beginning in the fall semester of 2010, students who plan to teach history in the secondary school system must complete a dual major in Secondary Education. This dual-degree option is offered collaboratively by the faculty of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences (SLAS) and the School of Education & Public Service to ensure that Cumberland graduates interested in teaching in Tennessee’s schools are highly qualified to teach in their subject areas. 

The Secondary Education dual major option is 36 semester hours, including student teaching, and may only be taken as a dual major. The dual major option can be completed along with the B.A. in History in 126 semester hours, which includes education courses in lieu of the social science requirements listed below. A dual major limits the options for social science courses and general electives a student may take, so it is important that students interested in this option see an advisor early in their programs of study. 

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
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Meet the Faculty

Mr. Rick Bell, Instructor of History

Dr. Mark Cheathem, 
Associate Professor of History

Dr. Natalie Inman
Assistant Professor, History