Dr. Miller in class

Religious Studies

The religious studies Program of Emphasis (POE) consists of 45 credit hours or 15 three credit courses. All students must take three introductory courses, offered at least once a year, and complete a fourcredit senior thesis under the guidance of a faculty member. Distribute the remainder of your POE between eight courses. Of these, at least four have to be at the 300 or 400 level. Include one philosophy course and two courses from history department offerings. Finally, all students must complete one year of collegelevel foreign language study in any language.

Get Involved:

  • American Philosophical Association
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
  • Christian Jobs
  • National Council of Churches
  • Religious Studies Club
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

I love the Religious Studies Department at Juniata. The professors are knowledgeable and challenge me to think about religion in ways I never have before. I’ve learned to understand and respect many different religious traditions.

-Lauren Seganos ’11

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Josh Cavender ’11 is currently enrolled at the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

Lauren Seganos ’11 is currently enrolled in the divinity program at the Andover Newton Theological School.

Sarah Svigals ’07 is currently enrolled in a master’s of social work program at George Mason University focusing on military behavioral health. During her graduate study, she also works as the program coordinator of Cause, an organization that provides comfort recreation and relaxation programming for recovering soldiers.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Andrew Sinnes ’09 is teaching at a community college and adult education center.

Craig Gaunt ‘07 is currently employed in youth ministry after receiving his master’s degree in divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary.

You can read about more outstanding Religious Studies graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Religious Studies?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • associate pastor
  • church camp director
  • religious education teacher
  • religious writer
  • youth minister

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • campus minister
  • director of religious education
  • priest
  • religious education administrator
  • theological professor

Possible Employers:

  • business & industry
  • colleges & universities
  • churches
  • hospitals
  • lobbyist/activist groups
  • non-profit organizations
  • private schools
  • political parties
  • religious associations
  • state/federal government

Related Occupations:

  • arbitrator
  • diplomat
  • fundraiser
  • guidance counselor
  • historian
  • nursing home director
  • psychologist
  • social worker

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:

  • Audubon
  • Church World Service
  • Highlands Presbyterian Camp
  • Juniata College Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Peter J. Liska Law Offices, LLC
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

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