History Department

Why Ball State?

About Ball State

At Ball State, we believe that decisions individuals, governments, and societies have made in the distant and recent past create opportunities for and affect the actions of today’s Ball State students, Muncie residents, and citizens of the United States and the world.

We discuss many of the important questions in the classroom that we confront in our day-to-day lives such as:

  • How are our issues different from or similar to the issues of others?
  • How do we fit into the world today?
  • How should our university, our nation, and our world approach our problems?

Ball State also has received national recognition for its Freshman Connections program. It provides support, connections, and outlets for incoming freshmen to help them adjust to campus life.

Students at Ball State also gain the benefits of a large institution with small class sizes.  Students are more than an ID number, and we know our students by name.  Once core courses are completed, the typical class sizes are between 25 to 30 students at the 300 level.  The intimate setting allows our students to be seen and heard and be engaged with their professors and their peers, and our classes are taught by our professors, not graduate assistants.

About Our History Program

History is fun, exciting, and endlessly rich. The diversity of our programs reflects the pleasure of learning as well as the skills of a discipline. In addition to our general history program, you may choose to major in public history, pre-graduate studies or social studies education; you will study in American, European, or Asian history; you may pick up a minor in ancient studies.

Your education will go beyond the classroom and be engaged with real community projects across the state. Our history students have been involved in producing documentaries about life along Indiana's segment of the Historic National Road, the first federally funded highway, and Indiana's 19th century experiment with a utopian community.  

We also offer hands-on opportunities through the public history internship program. Students gain valuable experience learning and practicing skills that will benefit them after graduation and add relevant content to their resumes.

Access to Resources

Even as an undergraduate, you will have research opportunities, and Ball State's facilities will meet all of your research needs. For example, Bracken Library is home to the Helen B. and Martin D. Schwartz Special Collections and Digital Complex, featuring state-of-the-art technology, broadcasts from around the world, digital assets, and unique collections. Plus, the library has access to about 2.3 million books, periodicals, microforms, audiovisual materials, software, government publication maps, musical scores, archival records, and other information sources. And you can go online anywhere on campus, thanks to our high-speed, wireless network.

Students at Ball State all have access to primary source documents using the Sir Norman Angell Papers, the Stoeckel Archives, and the collection at the Center for Middletown Studies.  Middletown Studies began in 1929 when Muncie, Indiana was used for sociological studies by Robert S. and Helen Merrell Lynd as a representation of average American life and social trends.  The city was dubbed "Middletown," and the Lynds' work has been continued and expanded on by researchers.  

You can now experience Middletown and other historical projects through out Digital Media Repository.  Modern technology gives you information and knowledge at your fingertips, and at Ball State you will gain a new understanding and appreciation of the impact of technology on historical research.

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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