Program Introduction

Established in 1987, Ball State's Public History Program is among the nation's oldest undergraduate programs. It has 25-30 majors enrolled & 5 to 7 graduates annually. Students earn 33 credits in History, the majority of these in upper‐level courses, including Research Methods & Historiography (required); Digital History, Oral History, and Applied Museology (electives). Nine to 12 credits are earned in the capstone course: a full‐time, semester-long internship in a professional setting.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History
  • M.A. in History

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Film/Video
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Required. Internship placements are obtained by the student with the assistance of the Program Director. Nine-12 credit hours must be earned in the internship course. Internships may be paid or unpaid.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• National Park Service (sites in Arkansas, North Dakota, and Indiana)
• Indiana State Museum
• National Model Aviation Museum
• Minnestrista
• Mellon Centre for Migration Studies (UK)
• Studebaker National Museum
• Walters Art Museum (Baltimore)
• Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
• Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology
• Auburn Cord Duesenburg Automobile Museum

Job Placement Assistance

Workshops on conducting an effective job search, resume
writing, and applying to graduate school are integrated into the Public History curriculum.
Program Director and University's Career Center work closely with recent graduates to help them find professional employment in the field.

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

• Allen County-Fort Wayne Center (Indiana)
• Studebaker National Museum
• Montezuma Castle National Monument (Arizona)
• Zion National Park (Utah)
• Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware Counties (Indiana)
• U.S. Department of Defense
• Jackson Hole Children’s Museum (Wyoming)
• Time Warner, Inc. (New York)
• Fort Des Moines Museum (Iowa)