History
Bachelor of Arts


Majoring in history can lead to making changes for the future. Read about the eye-opening internship of Corinna Hill, ’14.

Connections for Success

Attend the Deaf History International Conference right on campus or intern with the Smithsonian Institution. Gallaudet and Washington, D.C., offer incredible opportunities to make professional connections.

As you study history, you will also make connections that help you understand the world in which we live and the diverse forces that have shaped both past and present. You will collaborate with faculty who are focused in many areas of diversity, including deaf history, women’s history, gay/lesbian/transgender history, Latino/Latina history, disability history and African history.

Graduates have gone on to careers in museum work, government services, education, business, social vocations and public history. You will be well prepared for graduate study in law or education or for any career requiring strong research, analytical and communication skills.

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Keep reading to learn more about the history program and career outcomes.


Courses and Degree Requirements
Apply Your Learning

The nation’s capital offers invaluable internship opportunities. History majors have interned at Ford's Theater, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Library of Congress, among others.

If you are considering a law career, Gallaudet’s Pre-Law Program offers specialized advising, LSAT preparation, pre-law writing competitions and a mock trial program.

Career Outcomes

All of Gallaudet’s recent history, philosophy and sociology majors are employed (67 percent) or in graduate school (33 percent) within one year of graduation.

Learn more about alumni of the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion and Sociology.

Training and Job Outlook

Most archivist, curator and conservator positions require a master’s degree.

Employment in these fields is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Learn more.

Teachers must have a bachelor’s degree and obtain teacher certification.

Employment of middle school teachers is projected to grow 12 percent during this same time period. Learn more.

To become a lawyer requires a law degree and passing a state’s written bar examination. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent. Learn more.