Carroll graduates in political science have gone on to high positions such as Governor of Montana and U.S. Representative. For many, the path to such roles runs through law school and indeed we have a very strong record of law school placements. In recent years, graduates of the political science department have won scholarships to study law at the University of Montana, the University of Virginia, the University of Oregon and Willamette, to name just a few.
A degree in political science can lead to many careers in federal, state and local governments or in the private sector. Some recent graduates are serving with organizations such as AmeriCorps, Teach for America or the Peace Corps. Others work at banks in the region or run public relations for private firms. Some work as lobbyists or on political campaigns. We're proud of them all.
One result of our rigor and sole focus on undergraduates is that Carroll students are better prepared for graduate school than most of their peers. For instance, two students recently published their own work in scholarly journals -- something that most people achieve only as graduate students or as professors. In the fall of 2019 Hailey Kellum published an article on rural versus urban politics in the Undergraduate Journal of Politics, while Sammi Trudeau published an article on Plato in the journal Politikon. Congratulations Hailey and Sammi!
Other colleges recognize this success. This is why we have started new partnerships with the University of Montana to allow Carroll students quicker access to graduate programs. We have a new "3+3" program with the Law School for students to get a Law degree in less time (more here). And a new "4+1" program for a Masters in Public Administration (more here).
McCall Flynn ’12 just completed her recent appointment as the Education Policy Advisor for former Governor of Montana Steve Bullock. While in this position, she worked closely with Carroll College to provide funding through the Governor’s office for both equipment upgrades through the COVID-19 GEER Funding as well as funding for testing through the Governor’s stimulus funds.
"I grew up in Anaconda and graduated from Carroll College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Carroll was actually the only school I applied to when deciding to further my education. There was something about the small class sizes and beauty of campus that made me want to attend, no questions asked. After graduating from Carroll, I starting working for Governor Steve Bullock. I first started in the Governor’s Office as a staff assistant and worked my way up to Education Policy Advisor. Currently, I am the executive director of the Board of Public Education, ensuring that our public education system in Montana is one of quality.
"My time at Carroll College has meant so much to me. I will forever be grateful for the professors who believed in me, pushed me, and helped me realize my full potential."