Department Website:


  • Associate Professor Alison Fletcher - ext. 3547
  • Professor David Hsiung (Knox Professor) - ext. 3534
  • Professor David Sowell (Chair) - ext. 3535
  • Associate Professor Douglas Stiffler - ext. 3538
  • Professor Belle Tuten (Long Professor) - ext. 3536
  • Professor James Tuten - ext. 3548

Background Information:

The department offers a core of survey courses and builds this base with other courses emphasizing the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of the past.  Our strengths are in European, Latin American, British Emperial, Asian and U.S. studies. The department provides sound preparation for a wide variety of vocational interests, including those of historian, teacher, and lawyer, as well as those in business and government. We have a strong History and Museum Studies program.  In addition to traditional survey courses, the department offers selected in-depth studies (e.g., seminars on The Sixties, and The Great War).

Special programs:

  • History Seminar:  Every semester a member of the Department offers an informal discussion of their research to students.  Donuts are always provided!
  • Phi Alpha ThetaThe Department is a member of this national history honorary society and regularly sends students to regional conferences.

Programs of Emphasis:

  • History
  • History and Museum Studies
  • Social Studies Secondary Education Certification
  • History- Secondary Emphasis

Individualized Programs of Emphasis:

  • Elementary Education/History
  • History and English
  • History and Geology
  • History and Politics
  • History and Biology

Internship/Research Experiences:

  • Local Attorneys
  • National Park Service
  • B&O Railroad Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Huntingdon County Historical Society
  • Pennsylvania State Archives
  • Smithsonian Institution

Specific department policy:

Awarding credit for AP Exam scores: A student with an AP score of 4 will receive 3 General Elective Non-Department credits, as it will not equate to history elective.

A student with an AP score of 5 will see the Department Chair for review to determine what credit will be awarded. The student may receive general history credit or a direct equate to a Juniata History Course.