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.


  • The 2015 Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival welcomes award-winning novelist and short story writer Ann Pancake on November 11-12. Keynote reading on November 12 at 7:30p.m. in Trinity Hall Lounge.
  • Prof. Kevin Stewart's short story "Katherine with a K" appears in the Fall 2015 issue of the American Literary Review.
  • Prof. Loren Graham is on sabbatical and writing at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
  • In August, 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.
  • Prof. Loren Graham's third collection of poems, Places I Was Dreaming, was released this past spring.
  • Instructor Aaron Parrett's Literary Butte has just been released by History Press Books, in Charleston, SC.
  • ARC Director Kevin Hadduck's book of poetry, Hymnody of the Blue Heron, will be published in April 2016 by WordTech Communications, Cherry Grove Imprint. 
  • Instructor Chelsia Rice's essay "We're Not Going Anywhere" is forthcoming in the anthology Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, edited by Carter Sickles and published by Ooligan Press, Portland State University's small press. Release date is February 25th in print and as an e-book. 
  • Prof. Kevin Stewart's poem "Two Flat Tires" is forthcoming in the Spring, 2015 issue of The Common. Also, read his (mostly) weekly "Hot Couch Report," a column centered (mostly) around sports and based in the Hampshire Review, a weekly newspaper based in his home state of West Virginia.
  • Instructor Corrie Williamson published three poems at TriQuarterly and has poems forthcoming in AGNI. She was a finalist in the Devils Lake Driftless Prize, and her poem is forthcoming there, also.
  • Instructor Chelsia Rice published "Tough Enough to Float" in the The Los Angeles Review, Spring, 2013. The essay has been selected as a Notable Best American Essay for 2014. 
  • The 2014 Carroll College 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. Dr. Garriga read from his book and fielded questions Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. in Trinity Hall Lounge.
  • Instructor Corrie Williamson had her poem "A Sparrow's Life's as Sweet as Mine" recently featured on Poetry Daily. The poem originally appeared in Waccamaw and is included in her collection Sweet Husk, which was published earlier this year on Perugia Press.
  • Prof. Kevin Stewart's poem "Magicicada, Spring 2012" appears online in The Common.
  • 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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