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.

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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

  • 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

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
  • 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

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

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