Ball State University has worked hard with community partners to establish a unique educational experience outside of the classroom. Students are given real world problems and opportunities to practice in their chosen discipline and produce products to benefit community partners. These relationships have benefited both students and the community and built strong and enduring relationships between Ball State, students, and groups and businesses across the state of Indiana.
Public History Internships
For students who are interested in engaging the public with their history knowledge and expertise, the History Department's Public History option provides this opportunity through a required internship. Students gain real world work experience as they engage with employers as employees. The students are required to thoroughly document their experiences and produce a detailed compilation of their work and experience. This program prepares our students with connects to history related career opportunities.
Digital History Projects
Technology has changed the way we view and record historical information. These classes designed to develop the student's knowledge of the theories, tools, and methods used in digital historical scholarship. The students produce a group digital thematic research collection to help develop collaborative learning process and demonstrate the skills they learned over the course of the semester.
Senior and Honors Final Projects
Most History majors are required to complete either a Senior Research Project or an Honors College Thesis/Creative Project. This project represents the culmination of the students experiences and research at Ball State University. It can be a new research paper or it can be an expansion on previous work. Honors College projects will be entered into the Ball State Cardinal Scholar repository and will be available to be view by everyone in the Ball State community.
All of our Master's candidates have the opportunity of completing a thesis, a creative project, or replacing this requirement with two graduate level classes worth a total of six credit hours. Graduates who hope to pursue a doctoral program are encouraged to complete a thesis or creative project. The creative project is a new track within our graduate program, and we are looking forward to the resulting scholarship as well as sharing these projects with the larger academic and professional community.
While some classes do not require a large final semester project, students often have the opportunities to be creative and innovate a unique method of displaying and discussing the knowledge they gained from the class. It is important to recognize the accomplishments of our students from a variety of classes.