Congratulations to our spring 2022 Distinguished English Majors

April 27, 2022

Meet the select group of students in our Distinguished Majors Program and explore their thesis topics.

Raegan Ballard, Maya Charlton, Billy Hunt, Ibtisam Said, Jiana Smith, Brady Woodall
Raegan Ballard, top left, Maya Charlton, Billy Hunt, Ibtisam Said, Jiana Smith, Brady Woodall

This April, the Department of English's cohort of Distinguished English Majors presented their projects. This select group of undergraduate students were invited to apply to the program because each had a record of high academic achievement, and they were accepted into the program based on their thoughtful choice of topics and writing samples. These students have worked with their advisers in our department for the last two semesters in order to produce theses in both the creative and scholarly fields. Congratulations to the six Distinguished English majors who successfully presented their final projects this spring!

  • Raegan Ballard: “Black Joy: A Pleasure Manifesto featuring a History of Black Writing, Trauma, and a Hopeful Future” (scholarly-creative hybrid project)
  • Maya Charlton: “Estranged” (creative project)
  • Billy Hunt: “Calypso at the Sip n Dip in Great Falls, MT” (creative project)
  • Ibtisam Said: “Margaret Cavendish: Poems & Atoms” (scholarly project)
  • Jiana Smith: “The Effects of Neoliberal Rhetoric from the 1980s to 2021” (scholarly project)
  • Brady Woodall: “Reframing the Gothic: The Transgression of Borders in Dracula” (scholarly project)