Psychology courses have been taught routinely at Ball State since its beginning. Prior to the expansion of Ball State Teachers College in 1965 to become Ball State University, most of these courses were taught by faculty from the departments of education, psychology, and special education. Not until 1966, however, was an undergraduate major in psychology offered.
Part of the expansion included a newly created College of Sciences and Humanities. Several psychology department faculty believed this new college should have a psychology department, so they voted to create and join a new department. This new department offered an undergraduate major and minor in psychology and degree programs in prepsychology, psychology, and clinical psychology.
The psychologists remaining in Teachers College split into two separate departments: Educational Psychology and Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services. These departments offer courses for undergraduates, but since 1965 they have emphasized graduate education.
The first chair of the Department of Psychological Science was Robert Hill (1972 to 1979), followed by Frank Meeker (1979 to 1982), Gary Meunier (1982 to 1983), David Hines (1983 to 2000), David Perkins (2000 to 2003), Michael Stevenson (2003-2005), Bernard Whitley (2005-2014) and Guy Mittleman (2014 to present).
For an overview of the history of Ball State University, see Ball State University: An Interpretive History (2001) by Anthony O. Edmonds and E. Bruce Geelhoed, found in bookstores and on campus at Bracken Library.
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