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The English POE’s core includes 10 required courses that give you a foundation in the basics of literary study. The creative component encourages you to take at least one course in traditional modes of creative writing. Lastly, choose at least five elective courses from a vast menu concentrating on novels, poetry, plays and short stories.

Get Involved:

  • American Society of Journalists and Authors
  • American Society of Magazine Editors
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors
  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • The Juniatian
  • Kvasir Literary Magazine
  • Society of Professional Journalists
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

At Juniata, it’s apparent why English is considered one of the humanities. There is an energy present among students and teachers alike—a passion for learning, a desire to find meaning. I have come to realize that studying English literature is about more than studying the written word—it is about the human experience, in its totality.

-Alyssa Beck '12

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Megan Bachinski ’08 is employed as an editorial assistant at the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute.

Celia Herlihy ’09 is employed by J. Marks Moore, III law firm in Baltimore, Md. Her current job duties include legal writing and research.

Kazia Eastep Knepp ’08 is currently a news reporter with the Morrison’s Cove Herald following her graduate work at Emerson College, during which she taught adult education.

Andra Sipols ’10 is employed as an English teacher at Juniata Valley High School.

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Chris Burlingame ’07 is currently employed at the Morrison’s Cove Herald. He has finished his second novel and is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts.

Nanse Clewell ‘11 is currently pursuing her master’s degree in literature at York St. John University in York, England.

Nick Galante ’11 is attending graduate school at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

You can read about more outstanding English graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in English?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • editorial assistant
  • librarian assistant
  • management trainee
  • mass media assistant
  • personnel worker
  • teacher

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • copy writer
  • entertainment agent
  • journalist
  • public information specialist
  • research journalist
  • technical writer

Possible Employers:

  • business and industry
  • consulting firms
  • colleges and universities
  • libraries
  • magazines and newspapers
  • non-profit organizations
  • public relations firms
  • publishers
  • radio and television stations
  • telecommunications organizations

Related Occupations:

  • actor/actress
  • biographer
  • columnist
  • freelance writer
  • linguist
  • speech writer
  • interpreter/translator
  • narrator
  • playwright
  • public relations director
  • reporter
  • researcher

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network;create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • Center for Immigration Studies
  • Federation of American Immigration Reform
  • Institute for Humane Studies
  • Legislative Planned Development Office
  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • PA Office of the Attorney General-Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • New York City AFL-CIO
  • The Reader’s Digest Association
  • U.S. Olympic Committee
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director