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I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love.
— John Steinbeck
Mary Clearman Blew, Ivan Doig, A.B. Guthrie, Jr., Jim Harrison, Richard Hugo, William Kittredge, Norman Maclean, Deirdre McNamer, Thomas Savage, Grace Stone Coates, and James Welch all produced some of their best work here.
Montana Western’s English department is staffed with faculty who are well-published poets, fiction novelists and non-fiction writers, giving students the unique opportunity to learn from real authors.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English.
This degree will prepare the graduate for a career in editing, journalism, public relations, communications and related fields as well as preparing the graduate for further education in graduate or professional school. Majors include:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Secondary English Education.
This degree will prepare students to teach English in middle school or high school.
Here are just two great examples of English courses at Montana Western. For a full course selection, please see the course catalog.
This class is designed to familiarize students with small press publishing. It focuses on varied facets of the acquisitions, editing, design, promotion and marketing process. The course includes an orientation to Lost Horse Press, a working, nonprofit literary press. The course will address the following areas of small press publishing: history of the small press movement, manuscript acquisitions, editing, publishing as a business, design aspects of publishing, copyright law and permissions, promotions and marketing, fundraising, sales and distribution venues, writing genres, and the history and aesthetics of the book. Students will participate in all aspects of publishing: editorial, design, publicity, and marketing activities for the spring 2012 Lost Horse Press releases. This course offers in-depth, real-life experience with a working publishing house, meeting actual publishing deadlines and schedules in preparation for national distribution of Lost Horse Press books.