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Hands-on activities, immersive courses, and professionally connected organizations reflect the specialized academic programs we offer. You'll have countless opportunities to join, both in and out of the classroom. See what we offer to enhance your educational experience and prepare you for success.

Hands-on Learning

Our academic programs are complemented by hands-on learning opportunities our centers and spaces provide to our students. The Weidner Center for Property ManagementAllègre Restaurant, and Maplewood Guest House are where experiential learning takes place for students in one of our programs. 


Applied business studies can prepare you for a variety of industries. With so many avenues to explore, we encourage you to pursue several internships to help you determine your career goals and gain a competitive edge. Learn more.

Student Organizations

Beeman Historic Clothing Collection

Mary Beeman Historic Costume Collection

Fashion Industry Studies majors have access to the Mary Beeman Historic Costume Collection housed in the Department of Applied Business Studies, which contains over 4,000 pieces of men’s and women’s apparel dating back to the 18th century. A subset of the Beeman Historic Costume Collection are available to view in the library’s Digital Media Repository.


 Fashion Industry Studies Club

Fashion Industry Studies Club (FISC) provides immense insight into all facets of the fashion industry.   This organization allows people to collaborate creatively with like-minded individuals, gain insight from professionals in the field, and network with peers and powerful people alike.   This organization is open to All students and cherishes members with different majors and abilities.  FISC members also receive a membership within the National Retail Federation (NRF), which includes exclusive access to research, industry mentors, webinars, and more.  

Hospitality and Food Management Association (HFMA)

Promotes the hospitality profession which includes event, food, and hotel management within hospitality and food management majors and minors, as well as all Ball State students. .

Residential Property Management Association (PMA)

The purpose of PMA is to promote Property Management as a rewarding career and area of study, as well as to provide extra-curricular activities related to this field.  Additionally, the organization also provides leadership opportunities and one-of-a-kind networking experiences for its members.  Many PM Alumni are so gracious to attend meetings and share their real-world stories and career paths with the group.   Serving as guest speakers, these and other industry experts frequently visit campus from across the country and engage with students and faculty--building lasting relationships to take with them, as they prepare to become future leaders of tomorrow! .