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Closely related with the other social sciences, politics provides both practical and theoretical orientation and preparation for graduate school, law school, governmental service or public administration. Choose from three politics POEs: politics, international politics, or philosophy, politics and economics. Or, create your own POE. The curriculum is organized around four basic dimensions: American politics, public administration and policy, international and comparative politics, and law and philosophy. Special topics courses and research seminars broaden the offerings.

Get Involved:

  • Academy of Political Science
  • American Academy of Political and Social Science
  • American Association of Politicals Consultants
  • American Political Science Association
  • Barrister’s Pre-Law Club
  • The Juniatian
  • Student Government
  • Women’s Caucus for Political Science
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

I love studying politics at Juniata. The professors help me gain a solid knowledge of how the political system works and enable me to develop informed viewpoints on current issues, which prepares me for what I will face in the future.

-Noah Walstrom ’12

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Tim Breya ’10 is currently enrolled in a master’s of arts program in international development at the London School of Economics.

Arnab Chakrabarti ’11 is currently enrolled in law school at Georgetown University.

Emily Hauser ’09 is currently working on her doctorate in comparative politics with a focus in sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Florida. Prior to her doctoral work, Emily spent a year abroad in Abuja, Nigeria as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

Greg Hoffman ’10 recently completed his first year of law school at Roger Williams University School of Law.

Blair Saul ’11 is currently enrolled in a master’s of public administration program at Penn State. She is fully funded thanks to a teaching assistantship.

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

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Josh Scacco ’08 is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in communication studies and political communication at the University of Texas at Austin following a career with Triad Strategies in Harrisburg, Pa.

Mary (Gardiner) Stephan ’07 is pursuing her master’s degree in politics and government at Illinois State University. A leave of absence has enabled her to travel abroad and teach English in South Korea, which is her current role. She teaches students and teachers who would like to learn various subjects in English. The key to her success has been studying abroad and the encouragement she received to do so by professors Xinli Wang and Emil Nagengast.

You can read about more outstanding Politics graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Politics?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • foreign service officer
  • international business
  • lobbyist assistant/campaign associate
  • paralegal assistant
  • political campaign manager
  • political science teacher

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • broadcast journalist
  • labor relations specialist
  • lawyer
  • legislative coordinator
  • political representative
  • public relations officer

Possible Employers:

  • business & industry
  • campaign management firms
  • colleges & universities
  • consulting firms
  • news media
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • private/public interest groups
  • public/international affairs offices
  • state/federal government

Related Occupations:

  • anthropologist
  • city manager
  • diplomat
  • FBI/CIA agent
  • hospital administrator
  • judge
  • labor relations specialist
  • parole/probation officer
  • school administrator
  • urban planner

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:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
  • BMZ Law
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
  • Department of Corrections-Smithfield
  • District Magistrate Judge John D. Whitesell
  • Huntingdon County Judge Stewart L. Kurtz
  • Washington County Courthouse
  • The Washington Center
  • U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

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