students and faculty enjoying conversation at the Alumni Center on campus

As you progress in your education, it is important that you apply your newfound knowledge outside the classroom. Student organizations provide an excellent opportunity to engage your peers and faculty, explore your own thoughts and beliefs, and garner a more well-rounded education.

In that light, we encourage you to participate in our department’s student organizations, immersive learning courses, community projects, and more.

Student Organizations


Phi Sigma Tau (PST) is the international honor society in philosophy. Its purpose is to encourage interest and activity among students and promote ties between philosophy departments at accredited institutions. Learn more.

Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Club is a student-run organization dedicated to fostering appreciation for philosophical issues by providing a friendly, intellectual environment for discussion. Learn more. | Find us on Facebook. | Email us.

RCH

• Religion Conversation Hour (RCH) is a student-run organization offering a lively but relaxed forum for exploring themes central to the study of religion and topics from a variety of religious traditions. Students from any religious background (including “none”) are welcome. Learn more. | Find us on Facebook. | Email us

Immersive Learning

Immersive learning, the heart of a Ball State education, melds content, skills, societal need, and students’ interests into an intense, transformative experience. The result is a final product that enhances the community with a lasting impact.

Stance

Join an Award-Winning Publication

Stance is an annual immersive learning project in which Ball State philosophy and English students train and lead an international team of undergraduates in all aspects of editing and producing an academic journal. We have trained external reviewers or worked with authors from countries including South Korea, the U.K., Ireland, Slovenia, Australia, Canada, Iran, and Hungary. The project earned the American Philosophical Association Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs.

Community Engagement

Our department hosts regular events in the community, including Big Questions, Big Ideas and Philosophy in High Schools.

Big Questions, Big Ideas

Speaker

Big Questions, Big Ideas is a monthly speaker and discussion series hosted jointly by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Muncie Public Library.

Recent events have included:

  • “How Can Spirituality Exist Outside Religion?"
  • "Radical Politics and the Alt-Right"
  • "Self-Deception"
  • "Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth"

Interested in big ideas? In blowing minds? Philosophy is a fantastic way for high school students to learn about themselves and the world around them. This class gives college students the chance to teach it to them.  To learn more, please check out our website.

Study Abroad

Our Rinker Center for International Programs offers many options for studying abroad, from class trips led by professors to independent exchanges at foreign universities. These programs are open to all students, and they vary in length, location, and cost. Learn more.