Carroll College, Helena Montana




"Carroll Honors Scholars are not cloistered away like honors candidates at other institutions," says previous Honors Scholars Program Director Murphy Fox.  Carroll's small size allows its honors scholars to be more active in campus life, remain more "down to earth" and accessible to friends and fellow students, all while pursuing a more rigorous course of study uniquely their own.

Carroll honors candidates enjoy courses reserved exclusively for them.  Beginning in the spring semester of their freshman year, Honors Scholars Program students are engaged in a four year-long series of five interdisciplinary seminars dedicated to advancing their academic, social, and cultural experiences.

Seminars begin with a rigorous study of the world's great books, starting with classical masterworks, and from spanning the hard and social sciences to philosophy, literature, history and politics for the very richest academic experience.  Reading, reflection and in class debate of the history of great ideas begins the transformation of a student from a learner into a bold, creative and questioning thinker with a voice of their own.

"The Honors Scholars Program is for students who want more." Fox explains:
"By the time Honors Scholars graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees, they have already, by their junior year at Carroll, read, written, discussed, analyzed and constructed projects around ideas they face in  graduate school.  In addition, in job or graduate school entrance interviews, a Carroll Honors Program graduate will be able to provide more thoughtful and enlightened responses to questions.  This sets them apart."

Honors Scholars Student Evaluation Record


As the capstone to the Honors Scholars Program experience, students are required to complete an Honors Thesis in a discipline of their choice.  Honors Thesis projects produced at Carroll have been published in professional journals, won regional awards and been presented at conferences throughout the West.  Widely hailed as equal to graduate-level, Carroll Honors Thesis students have been invited to reveal their discoveries at conferences usually reserved for master's and Ph. D. students.  It all begins in the spring of the junior year, where thesis discussion sessions allow Honors Scholars to synthesize what they have learned in their seminars and other courses.  What evolves in an original research project each student designs and pursues in the field of their choice.

The Festival of Trees 2011


Because the Honors Scholars Program is committed to developing its students' sense of responsibility, all members are expected to demonstrate ongoing involvement with voluntary community service projects.  Although help is available with locating organizations in need of assistance, students are expected to design their own projects and keep journals in which their reflections are recorded.  Periodic meetings are held during which HSP members share their experiences.


In keeping with our conviction that liberal learning does not begin and end in the classroom, HSP members attend a series of cultural events.

Past offerings have included:Myrna Loy Center

Art Exhibit Openings, Symphony Concerts, Dance Performances, Poetry Readings, and Theater Productions. These events are usually distinguished by discussion with the artist, offering a unique opportunity to enhance our understanding and explore responses to the presentations.

Also offered to Carroll Students at the Myrna Loy is "Tightwad Tuesdays".  Tuesdays Carroll students can see movies for $2.00 as long as they have a current ID.

Honors Convocation 2014


The final pillar of the Honors Scholars Program at Carroll is its emphasis on cultural and social responsibility through involvement off campus. Each honors scholar receives tickets to major cultural events.  In addition to attending art openings, concerts, plays, literary festivals and foreign films, students also participate in a deeper level through invitations to behind-the-scenes discussions with the artist, arts-minded community members and Carroll professors with expertise in cultural and artistic offerings.

"The universal response of our honors students after these experiences is they feel treated as adults.  Their views are taken seriously, they are regarded as peers and they can confidently undertake serious discussions." Fox says.

In addition to arts and cultural events, the program strongly encourages service work in the community, including voluntary involvement in causes where students can make a difference in the lives of others and the future of the planet.  These experiences often form the bedrock of future research projects and evolve into a commitment to professional volunteer work after graduation.  Honors Scholars know that it's not enough to think outside the box-they will know there is no box.


Building a Chol's Nest; Jewish paratroopers in World War II
-Melissa Hibbard, Class of 2007

fool's Gold: The Struggles of Farming and Ranching in a rocky Mountain Town within a Growing Global Market, A play in Two Acts
-Aaron Delman, Class of 2007

The Insanity Defense & Diminished Capacity: How Should We Judge Criminal Responsibility When an Offender's Mental State is in Question
Rachel Donahoe, Class of 2007

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment: The Role of the Parish Nurse in patient Care in Swaziland, Africa
-Kathryn Stergionis, Class of 2007

Annual Social

Fall Art Walk - Explore the downtown Art Galleries, shops, ect. 

Festival of Trees - HSP students help decorate a tree to be auctioned for Intermountain Children's Home.

Honors Scholars Program Christmas Dessert Social.

Spring Art Walk - An introduction for Freshman HSP students  to the local areas of cultural interest. Other HSP students may join to revisit the Best Little Art Community in the NW.

HSP End of Year BBQ/PotLuck