“The professors in the politics department are wonderful. They make me think about what I think I know and they give me new ideas to ponder. Every professor knows my name and cares about my personal development as a student.”

Samantha Cline ’18

A Distinct Experience

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Juniata politics alumni have earned six Fulbright awards, two U.S. Department of State Pickering Fellowships, and six Finnegan Fellowships to intern in Harrisburg. They have been accepted at prestigious law schools, including Penn, William and Mary, and Yale, and have studied public policy or international relations at Harvard, Notre Dame, London School of Economics, Columbia, Penn, and more. They enjoy careers as lawyers, judges, government policy makers, and interest group representatives.

    • Haley Chandler ‘16
    • accepted an appointment as an editorial assistant for the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
    • Jacob Diviney ‘17
    • is enrolled in law school at Ohio Northern University.
    • Fatema Juma ‘15
    • was one of 12 students across the U.S. to earn a Coro Fellowship, a public affairs leadership development program that uses the city as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers.
    • Ethan Wilt ‘15
    • is enrolled in Penn State’s Dickinson Law School on a full scholarship. While at Juniata, Ethan won first place in the Civil and Equal Rights Essay Contest, held by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He also interned for two county judges during his study here.


From classical philosophy to contemporary American and African political science, the faculty of Juniata’s Politics Department are well-published in journals including European Integration, History of Political Thought and Polity and texts such as Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe and We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. Two have won the Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching and one worked at the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in Washington, D.C., for the commission chairman, late Chief Justice of the United States, Warren E. Burger.

“I especially enjoy the flexibility afforded by Juniata’s Program of Emphasis system. By integrating international politics and Spanish, I will be able to develop a stronger and more nuanced understanding in both fields, each through the lens of the other.”

Samuel Wherley ’19

Student Opportunities

Study Abroad: We have programs on every continent except AntarcticaRead stories from students about the Study Abroad experience.

Intern in Washington, D.C.: Students seeking internships in Washington, D.C., can find many opportunities thanks to Juniata’s cooperative agreement with the Washington Center, which has programs in D.C., Harrisburg, and Philadelphia. Our students also intern with local and regional organizations.

Accomplished Faculty: Juniata’s politics professors include the Hon. Sam Hayes, the former Pennsylvania House Majority Leader, and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, as well as the Hon. Keith Pesto, a federal magistrate.

Mock Trial: Juniata students participate in trials that follow legal procedures to simulate real litigation. Acting as lawyers, each Juniata Mock Trial team has the opportunity to present both the prosecution and the defense cases to real judges, and volunteer attorneys score their presentations. Students also act as the witnesses, clerks and bailiffs in the trials. 

Clubs: The College hosts a statewide Model United Nations conference for high school students. Juniata’s Model U.N. club travels to Harvard, Yale, and the actual U.N. building for conferences. Don’t forget to check out the Juniata Republicans club or the Juniata Democrats group.

Undergraduate Research: Take part in an in-depth exploration of politics culminating in a thesis paper. Recent examples: Nathan Kohl-wyatt ’77, “The Effects of Modern Campaign Finance Laws on Montana;” Ryan Mull ‘17, “The Politics and Economics of the Commercial Aviation Industry;” Robert Shaw ‘17, “Private Military Companies: The Modern Privateers.”