Studying the past exposes you to the diversity of human cultures, helps you comprehend change and continuity over time, enhances your ability to discern patterns of comparison and contrast amid the complexities and similarities of human experience, and sharpens your communication skills.

With the history minor you’ll learn how to communicate effectively and analyze data, two important skills that employers seek in new hires. A minor in history can be helpful if you’re interested in journalism, business, political science, or law.


Our 18-credit minor gives you a blend of studies in world history and U.S. history, and you’ll take 9 credits in each.

At least 6 of your 18 credits must be 301-level or above courses. 

World History (9 credits)

  • HIST 150 The West in the World (3 credits)
  • HIST 151 World Civilization 1 (3 credits)
  • HIST 152 World Civilization 2 (3 credits)
  • HIST 495 Modern China, 1600-Present (3 credits)

U.S. History (9 credits)

  • HIST 201 American History, 1492-1876 (3 credits)
  • HIST 202 American History, 1877-Present (3 credits)
  • HIST 301 U.S. and Vietnam War (3 credits)
  • HIST 310 Intro to History of Business in US (3 credits)
  • HIST 407 The American Civil War and Reconstruction (3 credits)
  • HIST 413 Recent U.S.History: 1945 to Present (3 credits)

The above list consists of history classes that are offered online at Ball State. If you have previous college credit in world or U.S. history, consult with your advisor to see if the credit will apply toward these areas.