Our programs of study in the Department of History will introduce you to the various methods and approaches used by historians, and to a wide range of historical themes, eras, and societies. We offer several different courses of study—ideally coupled with courses in other areas within the humanities and social sciences, foreign languages, computer science, or public and private administration—to meet your needs.

A Ball State education is known for several distinguishing factors, including:

  • hands-on, immersive learning experiences
  • real-world applications of knowledge
  • small class sizes and one-on-one faculty interaction

Computer Recommendations

Students entering the Department of History will need to possess a personal computer. Please view the computer specification recommendations for all Departments within the College of Science and Humanities.


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General History Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in History

Our bachelor’s degree in general history is about much more than simply memorizing dates. Our immersive program will prepare you for a variety of careers or serve as the groundwork for graduate-level studies. Learn more.

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Public History Concentration

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in History

If your goals include bringing history to the public in places such as museums, archives, or historical societies, for example, then Ball State’s major in public history is right for you. Our robust internship program allows for immersive, on-the-job learning opportunities that closely align with your career ambitions. Learn more.


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Social Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Prepare to pursue a rewarding high-school teaching career dedicated to training future leaders and global citizens with a teaching major in social studies. Learn more.

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Complement a variety of majors such as journalism, political science, and film with a minor in history. Learn more.



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African-American Studies

Through our minor in African-American studies, you’ll gain a better understanding of our nation as a whole and African-Americans’ contributions to it. Learn more.

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Ancient Studies

If you want to enhance your appreciation of world history and culture, aspire to go to a graduate school, or plan to teach world history and civilization, you will find the ancient studies minor beneficial. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in History

Master of Arts

Our master of arts program in history will prepare you to enter a doctoral program, to enter the workforce as a teacher, or to pursue other career options. This program is also useful if you are looking to professionalize your secondary school teaching license. Learn more.