Carroll’s history department aims 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. The department also strives 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. 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.
Carroll history graduates are prepared to work in a variety of areas. Some graduates teach history at the secondary level, work for a historical society or museum, or work for government agencies. However, many history graduates also go on to pursue a Master’s or a Ph.D. in history, and some enter law school. Recent history graduates have gone on to earn Master’s degrees from schools such as Boston College, Dominican University, and California State University.
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.
Carroll College has numerous opportunities for studying abroad. Travel and experience exotic locations as a history major!
Dr. 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