Carthage has more than 130 student clubs and organizations through which students can get involved, explore possible careers, meet other students, work closely with faculty advisors, and perform customer service. See a full list of Carthage student organizations on The Harbor, our website for student organizations.


Enactus, open to all majors, is an international nonprofit organization that empowers businesses and people in the community to create a better, more sustainable world. Through Enactus, students take skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real-world problems. Projects may focus on market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, or environmental sustainability. Enactus encourages active hands-on learning, teamwork, leadership development, communication, enhancement, and educational growth. Every spring, an Enactus team competes at a regional competition, where the team presents its projects to a panel of business leaders and professionals. There are more than 200 partner companies that sponsor Enactus and provide networking opportunities for Enactus students.

Mock Trial

Students who participate in the Mock Trial course at Carthage become members of the Carthage Mock Trial Team and represent Carthage in the annual American Mock Trial Association Tournament as attorneys, witnesses, and judges. This course is particularly relevant to any student interested in a career in law, criminal justice, politics, or debate. In the course, students study all aspects of trial court proceedings and the litigation process. Students develop an understanding of how both criminal and civil trials work and learn about the various roles played by the participants in the trial court process. Students act as witnesses, judges, prosecutors, plaintiffs, and defense attorneys. Students also work on such important skills as public speaking, critical thinking, negotiation, communication, debating, and team building.

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Model UN

IPE majors are often interested in Model UN at Carthage, a student-run organization that seeks to introduce students to the global issues and the inner workings of the United Nations. Students participate in simulations of the Security Council, General Assembly, and Economic and Social Council. Participants travel to conferences and engage in negotiations and debates about global issues that are being discussed by world leaders today. The organization is for students interested in politics, economics, history, philosophy, geography, the natural sciences, the art of persuasion, or just learning more about other cultures. All majors are welcome.

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Fed Challenge

Each fall, a team from Carthage competes in the College Fed Challenge, interacting with staff from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and their peers. Analyzing economic conditions, the students formulate a monetary policy recommendation, modeling the Federal Open Market Committee.

Research, Analysis, and Publication Projects

Students along with faculty use skills from business, economics, geography, and other courses to collect and analyze data and related information. Reports have been produced for government agencies and other organizations to provide insight regarding change in our region and beyond.


Student organizations and projects contribute directly and indirectly to the Carthage College goal of helpful service to our immediate community and beyond.