Carroll College, Helena Montana
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English Major at Carroll College

Students completing an English major at Carroll College will have:

  • an understanding of the basic knowledge, concepts, and critical theories of the major field;
  • the critical thinking skills needed for generating and analyzing both literary and expository texts;
  • an ability to read, speak, and write in a second language;
  • the writing and speaking skills needed to communicate effectively in the field; and
  • an understanding of cross-cultural issues.

The major programs of study offer sound preparation for graduate study in literature, languages, or writing. In addition, it is possible for a student to design a program to prepare for studying law or for entering a career in journalism, public relations, public information, or communications. Seniors may choose to gain practical experience by completing a Career Internship in the local community.


  • Prof. Loren Graham's third collection of poems, Places I Was Dreaming, won the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry. The book was published by CavanKerry Press in 2015.
  • ARC Director Kevin Hadduck's book of poetry, Hymnody of the Blue Heron, appears on WordTech Communications, Cherry Grove Imprint. 
  • Alum Virginia Reeves ('00) has recently published her novel Work Like Any Other on Simon and Schuster (March 2016). She is also an alum of the prestigious James A. Michner Center for Writers at the University of Texas. 
  • Prof Kevin Stewart's story "Her" will appear in the anthology Eyes Burning at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia, due out in February, 2017, on Vandalia Press, WVU Press's literary imprint.
  • Alum Jay Bouchard (’15) has recently worked the beat for Medill News Services in the presidential primaries. Here are recent articles from Iowa and New Hampshire. He also published this blog on U.S. Catholic Faith in Real Life. All of Jay's writings can be found here.
  • Instructor Dr. Aaron Parrett's Montana Americana Music is forthcoming in July, 2016 on Charleston, SC's History Press Books, which also published his 2015 title Literary Butte. 
  • The 2015 Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival welcomed award-winning novelist and short story writer Ann Pancake on November 11-12, 2015.
  • Dr. Debra Bernardi presented a paper at the international conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, in Philadelphia, November 4-8. The paper is titled, "'Bichromatism Was Prevalent throughout Tuscany': Resisting Boundaries in Mary McCarthy's "The Stones of Florence" and is part of a book project on Italy and the American female imagination.
  • Prof. Kevin Stewart's short story "Katherine with a K" appears in the Fall 2015 issue of the American Literary Review. His poems "Two Flat Tires" and  "Magicicada, Spring 2012appeared in recent a recent issue of The Common and online.
  • Prof. Loren Graham enjoyed a semester's sabbatical and writing at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts during the fall of 2015..
  • In August 2015, Prof. Kevin Stewart served as a writing fellow at the Wellspring House in Ashfield, MA.
  • Two English majors presented papers at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference, hosted by Weber State University April 1-4. Junior Melyn Maxfield presented "Jane Eyre and Tess of the D'Urberville: Challenging Aspects of Marriage." Senior Vivian Cole presented "Setting as an Extension of Subconscious Sexual Desire in Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • The 2014 Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival was pleased to welcome Michael Garriga--author of The Book of Duels and Assistant Professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio--as the keynote speaker.
  • Instructor Corrie WIlliamson published her first collection of poetry, Sweet Husk, after winning the Perugia Press Prize.
  • Dr. Deb Bernardi recently returned from sabbatical in Naples, Italy, where she worked on her book on the meanings of Italy to American women. And while she is mostly focusing on American women writers, as part of this project, in Naples she interviewed American women expats who live there to see what Italy and the expat life has meant to them. Dr. Bernardi also spoke at the University of Naples "Orientale" and worked with the students and faculty she met during her Fulbright there in 2011.   


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to choose carroll college for english

  1. The department is just the right size so that professors teach the things that interest and excite them - and often end up interesting and exciting the students, too!
  2. Being treated as an equal by professors, not as another name to which they must assign a grade.
  3. Work on what you want to (within reason, of course!).
  4. Learn the power of rhetoric and mind control.
  5. The department has a sense of what is valuable to a student's development. The Professors actually care about the work you produce! 
  6. No one knows Shakespeare better than Morris. 
  7. Come finals, you suddenly become the most popular person on campus, so it's easy to make a little cash editing papers!
  8. Every professor encourages ideas and exploration of topics that are both interesting and valuable.
  9. No one questions your caffeine addictions or sleeping habits.
  10. The entire department seems like a large, loving (albeit dysfunctional) family!


Carroll English graduates are currently at work in the following fields, among others:

  • Advertising
  • Editing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • Graduate Studies in English and Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Librarian
  • Masters In Business Administration
  • Poetry
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Speech Therapy
  • Teaching Middle School
  • Teaching High School
  • Technical Writing

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