History (BA)


The University offers a bachelor of arts (BA) in history.

The History Program offers students a broad liberal arts foundation that deepens their knowledge and understanding of the world, stimulates effective participation in contemporary society, and cultivates deep-thinking skills required for success in a wide range of employment areas or graduate study.

The rewards of historical study include a disciplined intellect, a well-furnished imagination, and a recognition of both the unity and diversity of the human experience.

Coursework includes a core of history courses—plus electives selected from the following areas:

  • Ancient, early modern, and modern European history
  • United States history
  • History of the wider world: Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America

Relatively small class sizes enable students to work one-on-one with talented and dedicated faculty members.

History majors are encouraged to consider the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

A number of activities and organizations are available that enable students to interact with other students and professionals, including the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society in History.

Required Courses


A major in history provides the knowledge and skills needed in many walks of life. Many businesses and organizations prefer to hire history and other liberal arts graduates for management positions because of their intellectual and communication skills.

In addition, the history major provides a sound background for graduate school and professional studies.

Listed below are a few of the options:

  • Archivist
  • Archeologist
  • Business professional
  • College and university teacher
  • Editor
  • Government service professional
  • Historical researcher
  • Historical society administrator
  • Historic site specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator
  • Publishing professional
  • Research historian
  • Theologian
  • Writer

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of History offers several merit-based scholarships.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of History
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of History
Indiana State University