Cumberland University offers three B.A. degrees in history. Like all CU students, history majors take a general education core (GEC) that exposes students to the liberal arts. All three history degrees also share a common core of history courses that provides students with a broad content knowledge of world and U.S. history and the methodological and theoretical foundation to practice history as a discipline. Through their large number of general electives, the history and history with public history emphasis degree programs also allow students the flexibility to explore different areas of history or to pursue a double major or minors in other content areas (e.g., double major in history/fine arts, minor in business, etc.)
The core history courses are:
HIS 191 and 192 History of World Civilization I and II
HIS 201 and 202 History of the United States I and II
HIS 225 Introduction to Historical Methods
HIS 496 Senior Seminar in History
As part of the history core, majors also take 1-2 courses in four different concentrations:
Early U.S. History
Modern U.S. History
Beyond the GEC and the history core, history majors choose the degree path that best suits their interests and future careers. Our degree program is flexible enough to allow students to pursue minors, such as political science, psychology, and sociology, and, in some cases, even another major, such as criminal justice, English, or business.
1. The traditional history degree provides students with in-depth knowledge about their particular historical interests. This degree provides good preparation for entering graduate or law school or any career that requires research skills, critical thinking, textual analysis, persuasive argumentation, and/or clear, strong writing.
2. The history degree with an emphasis in public history provides students not only with content knowledge about their historical interests but also practical preparation and experience with public history through a required internship. This degree path is recommended for students looking to work with the public in government positions (such as the National Park Service), archives, museums, or various other careers that allow for the intersection of the historical profession and the general public. It will also prove helpful for students who want to continue with graduate studies.
3. The history major with an emphasis in legal studies combines disciplinary study in history with practical, experiential learning in criminal justice, political science, psychology, and other related programs. Students interested in going to law school or entering public service in government should inquire about this program.
4. The dual history/secondary education degree combines the traditional history degree with a secondary education degree for students who wish to teach in secondary education. The history and education faculty work closely together to prepare students to teach; our graduates are known for their classroom preparation and success in obtaining jobs.