Social Work
Bachelor of Arts

“I want to give back to deaf youth of color as a social worker.”

Read more about how social work major Brandon Williams helped tackle crime as an intern.

A Nationally Accredited Social Work Program

Gallaudet’s social work program has an excellent track record of alumni employment. If you have a natural desire to work with people and are concerned about social problems, you will gain the knowledge and professional experience to begin a satisfying career.

As a social work major at Gallaudet, you will take courses in biology, psychology, sociology, economics and American government as well as specialized courses in your major field. Two semester-long internships are also required. Our experienced faculty will work with you to obtain placements that support your specific goals.

Most Gallaudet social work majors move directly into a career, including positions in case management, children and youth services, community advocacy, domestic violence, substance abuse counseling and vocational rehabilitation counseling. For more career options, some pursue a Master of Social Work, either at Gallaudet or other universities.

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

Courses and Degree Requirements


A two-semester internship is required under professional supervision. You will gain practical experience and invaluable networking contacts. Interns have worked in many settings, including vocational rehabilitation, long-term care, children and youth services, criminal justice, domestic violence, developmental disabilities and community advocacy. Some students have also interned in developing countries working with disadvantaged populations.

Career Outcomes

All of Gallaudet’s recent social work majors are employed (70 percent) or in graduate school (30 percent) within one year of graduation. Several continue their studies at Gallaudet. Learn more about alumni of the Department of Social Work.

Training and Job Outlook

Social workers need at least a bachelor’s degree in social work, and clinical positions require a master’s degree. Employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Learn more about career opportunities in social work.