Carroll College, Helena Montana
Carroll History


Why Major in History at Carroll?

D2013 Graduateso you have a passion for history? Are you curious about career opportunities for history majors?

History students leave Carroll with a strong history background combined with writing and communication skills that are developed in unique ways. We ask a lot of our students and we offer many opportunities for you to develop your academic skills. Carroll has maintained a long-standing connection with the Phi Alpha Theta Chapter. History students submit papers to the Northwest Regional History Conference and many are selected to present their papers at the regional conference held annually. Additionally, communication skills are enhanced through foreign language classes and study abroad programs.

Our mission

The mission of the Department of History at Carroll College is twofold. First, it is our responsibility to provide all Carroll students with an appreciation for history so that they may have a clearer understanding of the society—locally as well as globally—within which they live. Our second responsibility is to provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills so that they may pursue professional careers in the field of history and history-related areas. This twin mission of the department is a direct outgrowth of the Carroll College Mission statement, which declares that the school “is dedicated to providing its students the means for their full realization of a dual goal of vocation and enlightenment.”

At Carroll you are treated as an individual. Our faculty is made up of practicing historians and devoted teachers who themselves are engaged in living out the mission of the College in their own research, writing, teaching and mentoring. As a history student,you have the opportunity to excel in classes that are small, enabling you to take control of your education. Small is not a synonym for academic limitation; rather smaller classes provide more potential for personal interaction with professors and the material we study.

A broad range of courses

St. Charles HallIn its effort to provide Carroll students with an appreciation for history, and thus the society within which they live, the History Department offers a broad range of courses in European, American, East Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and Latin American history. Lower-division course offerings include the History of Western Civilization, the Ancient Mediterranean, Medieval History, Nineteenth-century Europe, and the History of the United States, These courses provide the foundation for students who wish to pursue professional careers in history and history-related fields. We also teach a significant number of upper-division courses, including Gender History, the Second World War Era, and 20th-century US history, which enable our students to obtain an increasingly sophisticated knowledge of history.  Required capstone courses for history majors include Historiography and Research Seminar, where students write an original research paper.

Studying Abroad as a History Major

Carroll College has numerous opportunities for studying abroad. Travel and experience exotic locations as a history major!

Centennial History Book

History BookDr. Robert Swartout, Emeritus Professor of History, produced the definitive history of Carroll College, Bold Minds and Blessed Hands: The First Century of Montana's Carroll College for the College's 2009 Centennial Celebration.   This book chronicles Carroll's epic first century and capture the essence of the college's ascent to national acclaim. With historic photographs memorializing the College's greatest moments, the book examines five phases of Carroll's development. Find out more and order the book today!

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10 reasons

to choose carroll college to study History

  1. A wide variety of classes to choose from (Ancient Rome, Medieval History, The Cold War in Historical Perspective,  the History of the Trans-Mississippi West, and 20th Century American History)
  2. The opportunity to do original research in the capstone research seminar class
  3. The chance to learn how historians conduct research and write history in the capstone historiography class
  4. Participation in the history honors society Phi Alpha Theta
  5. Small class sizes
  6. Direct interaction with dynamic faculty members engaged with their students and their field
  7. Internships at the Montana Historical Society and Fort Harrison
  8. Emphasis on studying abroad either through short-term programs or semester- and year-long exchanges
  9. Exploration of different societies, cultures, and political systems throughout history in countries throughout the world
  10. Opportunities to work in several different areas after graduation, from law and government to education, policy making, museums, libraries, and archives


  • Teach history at the secondary level
  • Work for a historical society or a museum
  • Work for publishing firms editing books, journals, and magazines
  • Become a lawyer
  • Work as a researcher for government or non-profit agencies
  • Work for government agencies in different parts of the country or overseas
  • Attend graduate school and earn a Master's or a Ph.D. in history or in a related field

Experts in the field

"Studying history at Carroll enables one to work one-on-one with experts in the field of history. The intimacy and personal attention provides the student with an effective way of coming to understand and appreciate the human past. Carroll's faculty guided me through not only my academic life, but has served as strong examples for my personal life."
-Dr. Joseph Laythe,  Professor of History, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.