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English at Carroll College

What to Expect

English majors at Carroll:

  • Study life-changing works from Shakespeare’s plays to Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade
  • Write—a lot—maybe a collection of poems, an analysis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and/or a digital edition of a nineteenth-century short story
  • Produce our annual Literary Festival, featuring works by Carroll students and the community
  • Edit and publish our annual literary magazine, Colors
  • Intern at a variety of organizations—local publishing companies, the Montana Historical Society, an independent bookstore
  • Study abroad: everywhere from Ireland to Madrid, Chile to Italy

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.

Students Learning Outcomes

Students completing this major will

  1. demonstrate close critical reading by speaking about literature clearly and persuasively;
  2. demonstrate close critical reading by writing essays that are engaging, clear, and supported by primary and secondary research;
  3. be familiar with major texts and contexts of United States, British, and Global literatures;
  4. be familiar with major theories in linguistics and literary criticism; • create literary works;
  5. learn about another culture by speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English;
  6. apply skills of close reading, writing, literary analysis and research in a variety of real world experiences.

What can you do with an English major?

Anything you want! If you want to study literature and writing, don't let others dissuade you from doing so — check out some reasons why below.

  • Of English major applicants to law school, nationally, 81.37% were admitted—higher than the percentage of political science majors, the more typical pre-law major
  • Business Insider states English majors have an “edge” in applying to medical school: the Association of American Medical Colleges reports that 46% of humanities applicants to US med school enrolled, compared to just 38% of biological science majors (November 16 2017). A 2018 issue of the Atlantic magazine quotes several physicians who argue that “literary exercises can expand doctors’ worldviews”: that “admissions committees should be looking for students who are imaginative and who are already reading literature.”

Teaching high school English has never been more important. How do we prepare citizens to distinguish truth from lies? Reliable sources from unreliable? Arguments based on evidence from arguments based on rhetoric? How do we teach citizens to use their voices? Carroll graduates are doing this work right now in schools all over Montana and the West.