- Josh Cavender '11 is currently enrolled at the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.
- Craig Gaunt '07 is currently employed in youth ministry after receiving his master's degree in divinity
from Evangelical Theological Seminary. As his inspirations, Craig cites religious
studies professor Bob Miller and psychology professors Kathryn Westcott and Mark McKellop.
- Caleb Gwinn '11 is continuing his undergraduate research in graduate school at Queen’s University
in Belfast, Northern Ireland, thanks to Juniata’s cooperative agreement with the Belfast
- Stephanie Metz '12 is enrolled at the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York, seeking her
master’s degree in Old Testament studies. Stephanie says, “I really enjoyed studying
religion at Juniata because the department is so small so I had a lot of classes with
all of the professors. They provided a wide variety of courses which changed every
year, so I always had plenty to choose from.”
- Lauren Seganos '11 is currently enrolled in the divinity program at the Andover Newton Theological School.
- Andrew Sinnes '09 is teaching at a community college and adult education center. From Chinese language
interpreter to tech adviser, he does a little bit of everything and, correspondingly,
he says that all the religion professors at Juniata challenged his thought, academics
- Becca Strohm '13 is employed through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Through her year-long commitment,
Becca will work with Green Team, in Portland, Ore., where she instructs k-12 students
in restoring Portland’s watersheds.
- 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. She previously worked for Bread
for the World, a faith-based grassroots organization, during which she used much of
the content from her Juniata religious studies courses.
- Katherine Walker '06 is employed as a hospital chaplain in Colorado, following her recent graduation from
Naropa University's Master of Divinity program. She is trained in Buddhist history
and philosophy, interfaith dialogue and practical chaplaincy skills and most enjoyed
the course Birth and Death of Jesus at Juniata. She explored Buddhism in India while
We provide training for students highly focused on religion for its own sake. These
students are fairly clear they want to have a future in religion at some level. This
training is largely preparation for graduate school and seminary. To date, we have
placed students at Drew University, Naropa University and the American Theological
Seminary among others.
We provide training for students interested in the incorporation of the academic study
of religion in a non-religion related field. Some of these students go on to graduate
school. Recent placements include University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University.
Understanding Religion Better
Perhaps students are interested in making sense of a religious heritage in the face
of modern scientific worldviews. Perhaps they want to understand the motives behind
highly newsworthy events like 9/11, Vatican politics or the power of evangelicals
in the Republican Party. Finally, many of our students are themselves religious and
want to enrich their understanding of a particular religious heritage, explore a religious
tradition they find fascinating, or seek to heal from damage they believe has been
inflicted on them by a repressive religious upbringing. These students seek to be
culturally informed citizens who can better interpret the vital roles of religion
in national and international human behavior.
We welcome and support all these outcomes but are especially inclined to believe that
the third category is the true service our department provides to the college. No
corner of the cultural landscape is untouched by religious belief and behavior and
educating an informed citizenry for public life is crucial to our mission in the liberal
arts setting. We view the liberal arts as "liberating arts," and one of our core values
is the Enlightenment goal of freeing minds from the tutelage of passively inherited
customs so that students can make informed judgments regarding religion for the rest
of their lives.