Carroll College, Helena Montana
Carroll English Student


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 2016 Montana Book Festival in Missoula (September 21-25) will feature Carroll faculty and alums Loren Graham, Virginia Reeves, Chelsia Rice, Kevin Stewart and Corrie WIliamson. Dates and times TBA.
  • Professor Emeritus Ron Stottlemyer's poems "Snow" and "Weathervane" are forthcoming in the Alabama Literary Review.
  • 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). The novel has been long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. 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. His story "An Ark of Mimes" is forthcoming in FictionSoutheast.
  • 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.
  • 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, 2015. 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. He also served as a writing fellow at the Wellspring House in Ashfield, MA.
  • Prof. Loren Graham enjoyed a semester's sabbatical and writing at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts during the fall of 2015..


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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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