History Department

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Our initial connection to history is sparked by reading an exciting book, hearing an inspiring teacher, watching a gripping documentary, or walking a Civil War battlefield. As our curiosity leads us to analyze the past in greater depth, we discover that history is important in a more profound sense.

History provides our best source of information about how people and societies behave. At Ball State, you will learn to analyze how and why human values, ideas, and actions change through time; evaluate conflicting interpretations of events; and communicate ideas effectively. The study of history is important because it helps us to understand change and, in particular, the evolution of our own society.

There are many options for history majors with opportunities to study abroad, practical experience in an internship with our public history program, immersive learning where students find real-world solutions for real-world problems, and a master of arts in history program for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to go deeper into the study of history.

Once you leave Ball State, you will join the ranks of alumni who learned how to use their knowledge of history and their skills in analysis and interpretation to develop a sense of historical perspective, assess current events and contemporary debates, and become thoughtful and informed citizens.

Learn more about how you can become a history major.

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Department of History
Burkhardt Building (BB), room 200
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
(Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8700
Fax: 765-285-5612
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