Joshua Getz '19 is a Political Science and History double major from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
At Gettysburg, Joshua serves as a Peer Learning Associate for a course on the American Presidency. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honor Society.
Joshua won the 2018 James A. Finnegan Award for his essay regarding the Philadelphia sugary beverage tax. Through the foundation, he was placed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) as an intern for the summer of 2018. While there, he drafted a policy recommendation report advocating for an equitable public education funding formula for English Language Learner students in the Pennsylvania public education system.
During his first three years, he has been an active participant in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, singing in the Gettysburg College Choir and Camerata, both competitively auditioned groups. He also serves as the historian of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
In the spring of 2018, Joshua studied abroad in Bath, England, where he took courses pertaining to the history and political structure of the British Isles. Specifically, he focused on the complex historical narrative of Irish nationalism and the contemporary political discourse surrounding the Brexit movement.
Joshua first became interested in politics as an active member of the Pennsylvania YMCA Youth and Government program while in high school. Through that program, he gained experience drafting policy and debating political topics, and he lobbied on behalf of the State YMCA of Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill.
Upon graduation, Joshua hopes to attend graduate school to continue his study of American Politics.