Student Success

Clubs and Organizations

Open to the entire Carroll community, the Philosophy Club boosts campus interest in philosophy and supports the Carroll College community in many ways. Club members work to create ties and joint projects between philosophy students and students in other clubs on campus. They provide opportunities for the Carroll community to explore philosophic topics by sponsoring events throughout the year, including the annual Thomas Aquinas Colloquium on Faith and Reason. The club also supports the activities of Phi Sigma Tau.

The Montana Alpha chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, International Honor Society in Philosophy, offers membership to students having excellent scholarship, good character, and interest in philosophy. Members work to further philosophic professionalism, student research, and friendships, as well as to increase general interest in philosophy in college communities. Twice a year, the society publishes student papers in its journal, Dialogue. The Carroll chapter of Phi Sigma Tau sponsors events that are open to the Carroll and Helena communities.

Conferences and Seminars

Special courses, conferences, and presentations give Carroll philosophy students excellent opportunities to explore philosophy and the liberal arts.

-Every other year, student-directed philosophy seminars focus on major philosophical issues and figures throughout the ages. Recent seminars have featured the Philosophy of Plato, American Pragmatism, and the Philosophy of Technology.

-Philosophy students have opportunities to present research papers at major academic conferences throughout the Northwest.

-Carroll's humanities conferences bring prominent guest speakers to campus for special lectures and discussions of social, political, and philosophical issues. Conferences and speakers, such as those on life-extending technology, the Islamic faith in America, spirituality in Ancient Rome, philosophical and theological themes in the new Catholic catechism, and states’ rights and the American Right, offer students a chance to apply classroom knowledge in an open philosophical exchange.

Outcomes

  • Matthew Sitar, ’96, went to graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in Philosophy.
  • Linda Hays, ’98, is self-employed with her own web-design business.
  • Matthew Ries, ’96, went on to law school.
  • Rodrick Pitstick, ’98, pursued a graduated degree in theology.
  • Jason Karro, ’96, went on to medical school.
  • Colin Stevens, ‘98, pursued an advanced degree in philosophy and law.
  • Micheal Willing, ‘98, taught in a middle school after graduation and is now self-employed.
  • John McBrayer, ’96, went on to law school.
  • Ryan Hansen, ’99, pursued a graduate degree in chemistry.
  • Michael Sangray, ’99, is working as a computer technician.
  • Angela Stephens, ’99, pursued advanced degrees in history and education in grad school.
  • Eric Gilbaugh, ’00, entered a seminary after graduation.