Thiel College


Studying history prepares you for a wealth of careers and post-graduate study including museum curating, information management, ministry, education and many more.

Recent Thiel graduates with degrees in history have gone into business, graduate school, law school, and work at the Holocaust Museum and public school teaching. A history major who desires to teach can also obtain elementary or secondary school certification through additional required coursework in the Education department.

Alumni Outcomes

Kevin Woods ’10

  • Social studies teacher at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va.
  • Head coach cross country, assistant coach basketball, and distance coach for track

Ashley Crothers ’09

  • Sales representative Covidien, formerly US Surgical
  • Using her passion for teaching and learning to educate medical professionals on her company’s cutting edge technology
  • “It is incredibly rewarding and I absolutely feel blessed to be able to do it.”

Amanda (Rooney) Stierli ’07

  • Program coordinator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Civic and Defense Initiatives in the National Institute for Holocaust Education
  • Conducts historical research to support program development
  • Earned master’s degrees in in history and in Russian and East European studies from Florida State University in 2010

Rev. David Bowman ’08

  • Pastor of Journey in Faith Lutheran Ministries, Somerset County, Pa.
  • After enrolling in Master of Divinity program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg he gave thanks for how instrumental Thiel’s history department was in enlivening and shaping his worldview

Kayla (Cashner) Shook ’07

  • Sixth-grade Ancient History teacher at Wicomico Middle School for Wicomico County Schools
  • Completed master's degree in February 2013 in Ancient and Classical History from American Military University


Joey Hertzog ’13

  • Pursuing his Masters of Divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia
  • Completed summer internship with the pastoral care department at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Chaplain intern at The Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany in Center City, Philadelphia

Phil Double ’12

  • Middle school social studies teacher in Camden, S.C.

Ron Edison ’12

  • Waste water operator for Ecolab Inc.
  • Duties include maintaining and improving any equipment or chemicals in the waste water treatment process

Julie Novotny ’12

  • Graduate assistant in the Office of Career Education and Development at Slippery Rock University
  • Spent a year as a costumed interpreter at an outdoor living history museum
  • Working towards a master’s degree in Student Affairs with College Counseling at Slippery Rock

Wes Goodman ’11

  • Graduated from Youngstown State University with a master's degree in history and certifications in Applied History and Architectural History in May 2014

Rachel Wrona ’10

  • Works at Coordinated Care Network Pharmacy in Monroeville, Pa. as a member of the Transplant Division
  • Utilizing her Spanish minor to communicate with patients

Christopher Edison ’08

  • Elementary Principal at Rock Creek Elementary, located in Rock Creek, Ohio
  • Spent six years teaching ninth grade social studies at Meadville Area Senior High School
  • Coached the middle school football team and was a varsity track and field coach

Annette Rodriguez ’08

  • After Thiel College earned a bachelor’s in anthropology with a focus in Forensic Anthropology from Youngstown State University
  • Interned at the Mahoning County Coroner's Office
  • Attended graduate school for a master’s in Forensic Anthropology at Boston University School of Medicine. She said it was a perfect fit for her to find out whether to choose an medical degree or a doctorate, or both. Her thesis “Biodistance Analysis of Hispanic Skeletons” was influenced by her history degree as it had much to do with Puerto Rican identity and what exactly it means to be Hispanic
  • Presented her research in Canada at the American Association of Physical Anthropology in April 2014
  • Attending John Carroll University working on a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate to fulfill requirements to go to medical school
  • Training to be a Medical Scribe at MetroHealth Medical Center and expects to enter medical school by Fall 2017

Jared Hirtz ’08

  • Assistant Director of Residence Life at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.

Adam Hodge ’07

  • Finished Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska in the spring of 2013 and began teaching full-time at Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio in the fall 2013
  • Teaching the History of Ireland, which includes three weeks in Ireland
  • Participating in Lourdes University’s First-Year Experience program

Andrew Tremmel ’06

  • Completed master’s in history at Kent State in 2008
  • Works at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center since 2008 leading Capitol tours
  • Created a variety of educational programs, and conducts research projects
  • First publication in the January 2013 issue of Pennsylvania History titled “The Union League, Black Leaders, and the Recruitment of Philadelphia's African-American Civil War Regiments”