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.

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

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

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:

  • 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.

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