Studying history is excellent preparation for law school. The JD is one of the most versatile graduate degrees in the United States today. Our graduates have gone on to study law at Notre Dame, Catholic University of America, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Widener University, and St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota — in some cases with full scholarships! Learn more about History Pre-Law Track »
STEP Track for high school teachers
Our students make excellent teachers. They learn to teach to the whole person, not the subject matter and no more. In conjunction with the Department of Education, our history majors graduate in 4 years, certified to teach social studies at the secondary level, with a semester of student teaching experience completed.
Career Opportunities in History
"History?! What are you going to do with that?" Heard that one before? In the last 15 years, our history majors have gone to work as
- Marketers and Business Managers
- IT Consultants and Financial Advisors
- NGO researchers
- Government officials
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Administrators for museums, schools, and tourist institutions
Over 92% of our graduates find employment within the first year after completion of their studies.
DeSales faculty and advisers help our students with their school work, internships, study abroad experiences, and networking for their next big step.
The DeSales Career Development Center will be there to help you.
History majors at DeSales are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad, in any country and through any number of accredited programs. The experience of spending an extended period of time in a foreign land is an invaluable education in itself, and we accept credits for coursework completed.
History majors at DeSales enjoy a wide array of opportunities for study abroad. Travel-study courses take our students to Ireland, India, Germany, Brazil, and South Africa. Through the DeSales Study Abroad in Rome Program, you'll have the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Italy during your junior year, at the same cost as a term at DeSales. Many history majors have taken advantage of this opportunity.
Students may also receive credit for applied internships. DeSales history students have worked in archives in London, on archaeological digs in Rome, for the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, U.S. congressional offices, judges’ chambers, and numerous local historical organizations.
Those students who attain a GPA of 3.1 may apply to join the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at DeSales.
All history majors who attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher have the option to write a senior thesis in their final two semesters of study.
History majors with an excellent high school record may apply in their first year to participate in the Faith and Reason Honors Program.
Our student-run, faculty-supported History Club sponsors cook-outs, study breaks, special events on themes as diverse as Tudor feasting and Syrian culture, and visits to museums and historical sites in Philadelphia, New York, Harrisburg, and Gettysburg.
Come visit! Get to know the faculty and the students. We are here for you.