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  • About Carthage 2
    Academic Calendar 198
    Academic Departments and Programs of
        Study 22
    Academic Divisions 19
    Academic Honesty Policy 9
    Academic Information 6
    Academic Resources 10
    Accelerated Certification Program for
        Teachers 12
    Accounting 22
    Accreditation 3
    Add/Drop Policy 8
    Admissions 177
    Advanced Licensing as a Reading Teacher/
        Specialist 14
    Advanced Placement 178
    Advising 9
    Art 25
    Arts and Humanities, Division of 19
    Asian Studies 34
    Astrophysics 132
    Athletic Training 34

    Biology 37
    Board of Trustees 194
    Business Administration 22

    Calendar 198
    Campus Buildings 196
    Career Services 10
    Chemistry 41
    Chinese 106
    Classics 43
    Coaching 81
    College Overview 2
    Communication and Digital Media 48
    Computer Science 55
    Conservation and Ecology 78
    Continuing Studies, Office of 11
    Criminal Justice 57
    Cross-Categorical Special Education
        (K-12) 65

    Degree Requirements 6
    Disciplinary Actions 9

    Early Admission 177
    Economics 59
    Education 63
    Elementary/Middle Education (1-8) 64
    Endowed Scholarships 184
    Engineering 5
    English 71
    Entrepreneurial Studies 76
    Environmental Science 78
    Examination for Credit 8
    Exercise and Sport Science 81

    Faculty 189
    Faith and Spirituality 2
    Family Education Rights and Privacy Act 17
    Fees for Optional Services 180
    Field Placements/Internships 11
    Finance 22
    Financial Planning 182
    French 111
    Freshman Entrance Requirements 177

    General Courses 86
    Geospatial Science 87
    German 113
    Grade Point Average 9
    Grading System 7
    Great Ideas: Intellectual Foundations of the West 91
    Greek (Ancient) 47

    Health and Counseling Services 187
    Health Education 81
    Hedberg Library 2
    Heritage Studies 6
    History 93
    Honors Program 15
    Housing and Residential Life 187

    Individual Study 10
    Institutional Grant Programs 183
    Intercollegiate Athletics 4
    International Baccalaureate 178
    International Political Economy 58
    International Study Abroad 10
    Internships 11

    January Term 10
    Japanese 108

    Latin 47
    Library and Information Services 2
    Loyola University Chicago Master of
        Social Work at Carthage 14

    Majors 3
    Management 97
    Marketing 97
    Master of Business Design and Innovation 13, 174
    Master of Education Program 12, 166
    Master of Social Work (Loyola) 14
    Mathematics 101
    Middle/Secondary Education (6-12) 64
    Mission Statement 2
    Modern Languages 104
    Music 115
    Music Education 116

    Natural and Social Sciences, Division of 20
    Neuroscience 124
    New Student Orientation 187
    Nursing 125

    Occupational Therapy 5
    Organizations and Activities 187

    Paralegal Studies 15
    Pass-Fail Option 8
    Philosophy 130
    Physical Education, Sport, and Fitness
        Instruction 81
    Physics 132
    Piano Pedagogy 117
    Political Science 136
    Professional Studies, Division of 20
    Program of Study 7
    Psychological Science 141
    Public Relations 48

    Refund Schedule 181
    Religion 144
    Residency Requirement 187
    ROTC Programs 5

    Scholarships and Academic Planning 17
    ScienceWorks (Entrepreneurial Studies) 76
    Secondary Education 66
    Self-Designed Major/Minor 11
    Seven-Week Format 12
    Social Work 149
    Sociology 151
    Spanish 114
    Special Education (K-12) (see Cross-
        Categorical Special Education) 65
    Student Affairs 187
    Study Abroad 10

    Target Language Experts 192
    Theatre 154
    Theatre Performance 154
    Theatre Technical Production and Design 154
    Transfer Students 178
    Tuition and Fees 180
    Tutoring 10

    Urban Education Minor 65

    Veterans Administration Standards of Progress 9
    Veterans Administration Educational Program 181

    Western Heritage 7
    Women’s and Gender Studies 162
    Writing Across the Curriculum 7

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …