In recent years, students on campus have used their writing skills to publish the literary journal (The Rocky Mountain Review), write for the student newspaper (The Summit), and complete internships with local newspapers, television stations, the RMC publications office, and Billings Area Literary Arts (BALA). At the end of each semester, the department hosts a student reading for all creative writers, and during the spring, the Writers-in-Progress series features senior creative writing majors reading their polished work. The program also hosts The Reading Series @RMC, which brings regional and national authors of note to the college. Recent writers have included David Abrams, Keetje Kuipers, Lowell Jaeger, and Christopher Brean Murray. In addition, writing students have the opportunity to participate in Writing & Publishing in New York City, a three-credit course featuring seminars with professional writers, editors, and agents who introduce students to important aspects of writing and the publishing profession.
The creative writing major at RMC allows students to develop highly prized writing capabilities that provide them with skills necessary for life after college. RMC writers have become newspaper editors, sports journalists, and government writers, as well as professors, attorneys, and physicians.
English education students take extensive coursework in English and education curricula to prepare them for careers as middle school and/or high school English teachers. We are pleased to say that our English education program has an excellent record of placing students in teaching jobs.
Why should you come to Rocky Mountain College to major in literary studies?
Shakespeare's Renaissance contemporary Sir Philip Sidney - renowned for his chivalry and for his sonnets - argued that studying literature provides the best education, opening a "golden world" of knowledge, surpassing all other fields of study. It still is true.
RMC's literature classes are challenging and thought-provoking, and its faculty are dynamic, enthusiastic, and highly qualified. They are ready to mentor students individually from their first freshman writing classes to their applications for internships, graduate schools, or jobs.
What makes RMC different? We offer a solid foundation in American and British literature, as well as in works of writers from around the world. Just as important, our program listens to students and responds to their needs - from offering individual tutoring when needed, to designing unique classes to meet particular students' interests. Our literature courses, however, not only open a golden world of humanity's finest ideas and most inspiring voices; they also encourage students to be analytical, to think critically, and to communicate effectively.
We recognize that college education does not end with graduation; instead, an English degree is a prelude to the world after college, whether your goal is teaching, business, graduate school, or law school. Our graduates have become newspaper editors and writers, teachers, college professors and administrators, and medical doctors; while still others have used their knowledge of ideas, as well as their critical thinking, analytical, communication, and creative skills to find success in corporate life - diverse lives and careers, but all began with an English degree from Rocky Mountain College.