Do 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.
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.
In 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.
James Madison Graduate Fellowship is targeted to upper classmen and recent graduates who plan to become secondary school social studies teachers. The James Madison Fellowship, a federal program, offers pre-service (as well as in-service) teachers of government and history up to $24,000 to complete a Master’s degree in fields related to the US Constitution. Awardees are expected to teach for at least two years after completing the program.
Applicants are chosen from a pool from each state. They try to select fellow from each state. To learn more about the opportunity – check out their website.
Carroll College has numerous opportunities for studying abroad. Travel and experience exotic locations as a history major!
Dr. Robert Swartout, Department Chair and Professor of History has produced the definitive history of Carroll College, Bold Minds and Blessed Hands: The First Century of Montana's Carroll College. 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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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS:
"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.