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The history Program of Emphasis (POE) is composed of eight courses at the 100 and 200 level and six courses at the 300 or 400 level, including a sophomore colloquium and a senior thesis seminar. At least four courses that deal with the history of countries outside the U.S. and Europe are also required. A creative component enables you to take history as a secondary emphasis and combine history with your other interest(s). Recent graduates have created POEs in history and museum studies, history and politics, history and English, history and communications and more.

Get Involved:

  • America Historical Association American
  • Association of Museums
  • Barrister’s Pre-Law Club
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Skulldiggers History Club
  • Society for History Education
  • World History Association
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

History is always exciting at Juniata. I have attended Civil War weapon and medical reenactments, learned a bit of Irish dance and spun wool. In the History Department at Juniata, there is little room not to have fun.

-Meghan Hall ’12

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Rachel Gressick ’10 is currently employed as a park ranger for the National Park Service. She is also attending Duquesne University in pursuit of her secondary education social studies certificate.

Regina Diehl Smith ’07 is currently teaching social studies at the Leander Independent School District near Austin, Texas.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Daniel Follett ’11 is currently immersed in a graduate assistantship and working as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. He plans to receive his master’s degree in education in two years.

Jordan Yeagley ’10 is currently enrolled in law school at the University of Pennsylvania.

You can read about more outstanding History graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in History?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • assistant museum curator
  • foreign service worker
  • history teacher
  • legal assistant
  • legislative correspondent
  • political editor

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • archivist
  • art historian
  • historic cite administrator
  • lawyer
  • librarian
  • professor

Possible Employers:

  • archives
  • business & industry
  • colleges/universities
  • communications media
  • historical societies
  • libraries
  • magazines/newspapers
  • public/private schools
  • research foundations
  • state/federal government

Related Occupations:

  • anthropologist
  • biographer
  • educator
  • FBI/CIA agent
  • foreign news correspondent
  • journalist
  • judge
  • political scientist
  • public administrator
  • research assistant

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:

  • Altoona Railroaders Museum & Horseshoe Curve
  • The Bair Foundation
  • Center for Immigration Studies
  • Congressman Shuster
  • Finnegan Foundation
  • Honorable Stewart L. Kurtz
  • Representative Jerry Stern
  • U.S. Department of Justice – Interpol
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

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