Carthage opened a School of Business and Economics in fall 2022, bringing together Carthage’s distinguished faculty in accounting, finance, business design and innovation, marketing, business and sports management, and economics — as well as the renowned A. W. Clausen Center for World Business.

With nearly a quarter of its undergraduate students currently pursuing a business degree, Carthage has a long history of preparing students for success in both the private and public sectors of the business world. This holistic approach to business education will foster greater collaboration across disciplines, expand hands-on learning opportunities for students, and pave the way for new programs and partnerships in emerging fields and industries. 

Jim Padilla The School of Business and Economics at Carthage offers innovative programs that combine with Carthage’s Aspire Program™ for career development and nationally ranked J-Term study tours to give students life-changing experiential learning opportunities. The curriculum at the School of Business and Economics will be continually informed by input from prominent alumni and business leaders from the region’s largest employers. Companies that often hire Carthage graduates include Snap-On Tools, SC Johnson, Johnson Controls, Abbott, CNH Industrial, and Uline, among others.

In March, Carthage hired a founding dean to shape the new School of Business and Economics: Jim Padilla, whose successful track record as an educational and corporate leader spans more than 20 years.

Taking office in mid-July, Dr. Padilla will direct the launch of the business school this fall. It promises to enhance the already well-respected program that the College has established in the heart of a major economic corridor.

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Degree Programs

B.A., B.S., Minor

Business Administration

B.A., Minor




Master of Science in Business – Design and Innovation

Master of Science in Business – Sports Management

Extracurricular Opportunities

A number of extracurricular organizations provide additional opportunities for building skills, resumes, and strong networks of friends and future colleagues:

  • Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise)
  • Velocity Consulting
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA)
  • Financial/Investment Club
  • Business Honors Society
  • Carthage Accounting Association