Skip to main content

College Catalog

Academic Information

  • Degree Requirements

    The general education requirements seek to provide a broad base of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences that enable students to construct a coherent framework for ongoing intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic growth. These requirements are designed to develop lifelong competencies, such as critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, problem solving, and the capability to work independently and collaboratively.

    To earn a bachelor’s degree from Carthage, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

    Successfully complete 138 credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. These credits must include:

    1. Heritage Studies 

      COR 1100 Western Heritage I (WI) 4 cr.
      COR 1110 Western Heritage II (WI) 4 cr.
        Global Heritage (GH) 4 cr.

      Western Heritage I should be taken Fall term of freshman year, Western Heritage II should be taken Spring term of freshman year.

    2. Religion
      Understandings of Religion 1000 4 cr.
      One additional religion course designated as (REL).  4 cr.
    3. Modern Languages 0-8 cr.

      Successful completion of Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish 1020 or placement above 1020 by the respective department. In addition students may fulfill their language requirement by taking courses in Italian given at UW-Parkside.

      You may be exempted from the Modern Language requirement:

      (A) If a minimum of 6 credits in a modern language, with grades of C or better, appears on an official post-secondary transcript.

      (B) If you are fluent in a modern language other than those offered at Carthage, and …

      (1) … can document a majority of non-language academic courses [i.e., biology, mathematics], taught in that modern language at the high school level, OR

      (2) … can pass a proficiency examination in that modern language at the level of 2 semesters of college course work. The examination must be administered and documented by another college and/or university. All arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the student.

      (C) If you can document having taken 12 credits from an American Sign Language program.

    4. Mathematics 4 cr.

      Successful completion of a mathematics course designated as (MTH).

    5. Exercise and Sport Science

      Concepts of Physical Fitness 1 cr.
      One Lifetime/Fitness activity 1 cr.

      A student who participates on an athletic team for an entire season can fulfill the one Lifetime/Fitness activity requirement (1 credit).

      The Director of Athletics submits a list of athletic team participants to the Registrar at the end of each term. These students must still take the required EXSS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness (1 credit).

      Only Concepts of Physical Fitness and one Lifetime/Fitness activity count toward the 138 credits required for graduation.

    6. Carthage Symposium
      All students will complete one Carthage Symposium, typically taken during the sophomore or junior year. One goal of the College is for graduates to be able to make connections between disciplines. The Carthage Symposium requirement can be satisfied by either one course (4 credits) or a set of two linked courses (usually 8 credits) that provide an interdisciplinary learning experience. These offerings are team-taught by two instructors from different departments, most frequently from different academic divisions. All symposia are completed within one academic term. The Carthage Symposium creates a community of learners among the students and two faculty members.

    7. Senior Thesis
      As a culmination of their studies, all students will complete a Senior Thesis in their major. This can be in the form of a written thesis, laboratory research, music recital, art exhibit, or other significant and integrative experience appropriate to their major. Students graduating with more than one major must complete a Senior Thesis for each major or one integrative Senior Thesis approved by each major department or program. Students must check with the Department Chair for specific details in regard to completion of the Senior Thesis.

    8. Major

      Bachelor of Arts (36 cr.-60 cr.):

      Carthage majors range between a minimum of 36 credits and a maximum of 60 credits (up to 56 non-thesis credits plus up to 4 thesis credits). Up to 44 credits may be required in any one department (up to 40 non-thesis credits plus up to 4 senior thesis credits). A student may count a maximum of 56 credits in any one department towards graduation; however, all students must have 82 credits outside of their major department for graduation. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in the major at Carthage.

      Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (84 cr.):

      Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must complete 56 credits in the Nursing Department and 28 credits from supporting departments. Specific requirements for the BSN degree can be found under the Nursing heading in the Undergraduate Academic Departments and Programs of Study section of the college catalog.

    9. Distribution Requirements
      Fine Arts (FAR) 4 cr.
      (Four credits of dance, four private lessons, or one class lesson and three private applied lessons may count as a course for the fine arts distribution requirement.)
      Humanities (HUM) 4 cr.
      Natural Science (SCI) (One course must be a lab) 8 cr.
      Social Science (SOC) 4 cr.
    10. Minor
      Minors are optional unless specified as a requirement for the major. Minors may be pursued through electives and through general requirements. The minor is a minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 24 credits. Those planning to obtain teacher licensure must consult with the College certification officer. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in the minor at Carthage.

    11. Electives
      Electives allow students to explore their intellectual interests in a wide variety of disciplines and areas of knowledge.

    12. J-Term
      All students must enroll in J-Term during their freshman year and in at least one additional year.

    13. Writing Across the Curriculum
      Writing well is a powerful life skill, and Carthage is committed to teaching its students to write well in all disciplines. All students are therefore required to take a total of four courses (four credit hours each) that are designated Writing Intensive (WI). The first two of these courses are COR 1100 Western Heritage I and COR 1110 Western Heritage II. Of the remaining two courses, one must be in the academic major of the student’s choice, while the other course may be any WI course in the curriculum. If students are completing more than one major, they only need one WI course in one of the majors that they are completing.

      WAC distributes the teaching of writing throughout the curriculum. Under WAC, writing is taught at all levels and by all departments. WAC affirms that writing well is an essential skill, one that needs to be cultivated continually.

      Each student must take COR 1100 Western Heritage I and COR 1110 Western Heritage II, and two other WI courses before graduation, as spelled out in Degree Requirements. Writing Intensive courses vary according to the discipline in which they are taught, but they all share the following criteria:

      1. Formal and informal writing are used to help students learn the content of the course.
      2. Students and professors work together to improve student writing. For example, professors may review and provide advice on theses, writing plans, and drafts as the students write them. Professors may assign several short papers and suggest methods for revision in between. Professors may confer with students between papers. Professors may model writing and monitor students’ subsequent experiments with similar writing.
      3. Writing contributes significantly to each student’s course grade.
      4. The course requires students to do a substantial amount of writing. This may include formal or informal writing. Depending on the course content, students may write analytic essays, critical reviews, journals, literature reviews, lab reports, research reports, reaction papers, or other similar assignments.
    14. Additional Requirements

      • Achieve a final grade point average of 2.0 in the major and minor, and in all course work at Carthage.
      • Following the attainment of 102 credits, students must finish all remaining course work in residence, or petition to finish work in absentia.
      • File an application for graduation in the Fall term of the academic year in which requirements will be completed.
      • Participate in the Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises held annually at the end of the Spring term, unless excused by the Registrar. An undergraduate student who has twelve (12) credit hours or less to complete graduation requirements may participate in the Commencement exercises if their remaining credits will be finished during the summer. If there are any outstanding credits that will not be finished in the summer, the student will be eligible to participate in the ceremony following the completion of their remaining requirements. The diploma will be issued when the student completes the requirements for the remaining credits.

    Students are subject to the regulations contained in the annual college catalog in effect when they enter Carthage. Students may, however, petition to follow regulations contained in the most current issue of the college catalog. Students who interrupt schooling for more than one academic year forfeit the right to follow the regulations in the college catalog of their original year of entry.

  • Program of Study

    Full-time students may register for 12-18 credits during the 14-week terms. There is an additional charge for registration in excess of 18 credits. Students wishing to register for more than 18 credits must obtain approval for the overload from the Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation no later than the last day to add a regular course.

    Many courses are not taught every term. Most course descriptions in this catalog indicate the terms in which departments intend to offer the courses. This schedule information is an aid to planning, but the College reserves the right to revise such course plans in response to changes in student interest, enrollment demand, and staff availability.

    Courses primarily designed for freshmen are numbered 1000 to 1999; those for sophomores and juniors are numbered 2000 to 3999; those for seniors are numbered 4000 to 4999.

    Freshman 0 - 31 credits
    Sophomore 32 - 67 credits
    Junior 68 - 101 credits
    Senior 102 or more credits
  • Grading System

    At the completion of a course, each student is assigned a letter symbol: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-; S and P for passing grades; I for incomplete, which is given only in special cases of illness or some other uncontrollable factor; W for official withdrawal; U for unsatisfactory; and F for failure or unofficial withdrawal. A student who has received an I must finish the incomplete work within 30 days following the end of the term in which it was received, or the grade will be recorded as an F.

    Letter grades convert into the following point system for determining cumulative grade point average, i.e., an A is worth four points per credit.

    A 4.00
    A- 3.67
    B+ 3.33
    B 3.00
    B- 2.67
    C+ 2.33
    C 2.00
    C- 1.67
    D+ 1.33
    D 1.00
    D- .67
    F No points

    Grades of P, S, and U do not affect the grade point average.

    Auditing Courses
    A student who wishes to audit a course must seek the permission of the instructor and file a report with the registrar’s office by the add deadline for the term. There is an additional fee for students wishing to take a course as an audit. Courses taken as an audit will not count in the credit totals toward graduation requirements.

    Repeating Courses
    Only courses with a grade of C- or lower may be repeated. When a course is repeated, the earlier grade remains on the student’s transcript, but the new grade is factored into the cumulative GPA and the old grade is removed from the calculation. On multiple attempts the most recent grade will be used in computing the cumulative grade point average.

    If a student is repeating a Carthage course for the purpose of replacing the earlier grade, the repeat must be with a course at Carthage. A course may not be repeated by correspondence study, by independent study, or by study at another institution.

    Add/Drop Policy

    No student is permitted to add or drop a course after the deadline. Any course changes after the add/drop deadline date must be made with the permission of the Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation.

    A student may withdraw from a course after the add/drop deadline. (Please refer to the academic calendar for specific dates.) The course will show on the student’s transcript with a W.

    Students who wish to completely withdraw from the College must secure a withdrawal form from the Registrar. If students withdraw within the first nine weeks of the term, they receive a W in each course. Exceptions must be authorized by the Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation or by the Office of the Provost. Any student who does not complete all steps in official withdrawal is assigned an F in all courses.

    Students may not receive credit from any course in which they are not properly registered. Responsibility for proper registration rests with the studentThe student is also held responsible for observing the requirements of the degree and the proper sequence of courses.

    The student accepts responsibility for class attendance. Since there is no college-wide attendance policy, instructors determine their own class-attendance policy.

    Pass-Fail Option

    The College permits students to elect up to two courses on the pass-fail (P or F) grading system, subject to the following conditions:

    1. The student must have achieved junior or senior standing.
    2. A student may not register for more than one pass-fail course during a term. A student may not enroll for a final grade of P or F in:
      • Any course used to satisfy the general education requirements.
      • Any course required for your major or minor programs (including any course in related fields) or offered by the major department, except those courses designated in the catalog as pass-fail courses.
    3. A student at the time of registration will indicate the course to be taken for a final grade of P or F; this information will reside with the student, the advisor, and the Registrar; the course instructor will be informed at the end of the term.
    4. To receive a P grade for a course graded pass-fail, the student must receive a letter grade of D- or better. The P grade does not calculate into the GPA; however, if the student receives an F for the course, it does calculate like a regular F into the grade point average.

    After the last day to drop courses, students who register for grades of P or F will not be permitted to change that registration in order to receive regular grades; nor will students who register for regular grades be permitted to change that registration in order to receive pass-fail grades.

    Examination for Credit

    An enrolled student may challenge most courses by examination, but credit is prohibited in courses that the student has audited previously or attended officially or unofficially. Students may not challenge fieldwork, field placements, or student teaching courses by examination. Students should contact the chairperson of the department to make arrangements for an examination.

    A grade of C or better on the examination is required to excuse the student from the course and to give credit toward graduation. The cumulative grade point average is not changed by the examination because no grade is recorded for a course completed in this manner.

    There is no tuition charge for courses earned through examination. However, an administrative fee is assessed. A maximum of 32 credits may be earned by examination for credit.

    Transfer/Correspondence Courses

    A student enrolled at Carthage who wishes to apply transfer or correspondence courses taken elsewhere to Carthage must secure advance approval from the involved department chairperson and the Registrar by the end of term prior to enrollment in the course.

    Upon receipt of an official transcript from institutions accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and similar regional associations, appropriate value will be given for comparable courses or areas taught at Carthage.

    Courses at other institutions are counted as part of a student’s term load.

    Credit will only be transferred for courses in which a grade of C- or better is earned.

    Credit will not be transferred from a junior college after a student has accumulated 68 credits.

    College-level courses taken in high school are credited on the same basis as other transfer credits, provided that the courses have not been counted for entrance requirements. These courses must appear on a college transcript.

    The maximum total credits allowed for specialized testing (CLEP) and correspondence courses is 32.

    Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).

    Midterm Evaluation

    At the midpoint of each term, all faculty members are asked by the Provost to submit midterm low-grade reports for all students doing D or F work. Reports are distributed through the registrar’s office to the students and their advisors.

    If a student receives two or more reports, the student’s parents also will be informed unless the student is financially independent. Financially independent students must bring proof of their independence to the Office of Student Financial Planning at the beginning of the academic year. Students who have not shown proof of their independence are assumed to be financially dependent on their parents.

  • Academic Standards

    Students are required to have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average overall and in their major(s)/minor(s) in order to graduate from the College. Students with a 2.0 or above are in good academic standing. The records of students who are not in good standing are reviewed at the end of each term by the Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation.

    Grade Point Average

    Academic standing will be evaluated with the help of the following guidelines, based on the number of credit hours attempted at Carthage plus all credit hours transferred into Carthage.

    Probation Suspension
    12- 16 1.0-1.99 .999 or below
    17- 36 1.2-1.99 1.199 or below
    37- 56 1.4-1.99 1.399 or below
    57- 72 1.6-1.99 1.599 or below
    73- 86 1.8-1.99 1.799 or below
    87+   1.999 or below

    Students whose cumulative average, for the first time, falls below the required minimum for suspension, or who have been on academic probation for three consecutive terms, are placed in a show cause category. The student is contacted to show cause why he or she should not be suspended from the College. If there is cause for the student to be allowed to continue, he or she will be placed/continued on probation.

    Students placed on probation are required to cooperate with the advising services. At the end of the term, the Provost will meet with the Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation to determine whether the student has satisfactorily fulfilled the obligations of the support programs. At that time the Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation will make a decision to suspend the student from the College or allow the student to stay another term.

    Students who disagree with a Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation decision may petition the committee for review.

    Readmission after Suspension

    Students who have been academically suspended from Carthage College will be given the opportunity to reapply for admission. All academically suspended students will be sent a letter at the time of suspension indicating the specific conditions that must be met in order to be considered for readmission. Applications for readmission will be carefully reviewed by the Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation. Admission back into the College is not guaranteed

    Readmission after Withdrawal

    Students who have previously attended Carthage College and have subsequently officially or unofficially withdrawn will be given the opportunity to reapply for admission. A student is considered a withdrawn student if consecutive registrations are not maintained. All requests for admission back into the College should be directed to the Admissions Office for review. Applications will be given careful consideration for reinstatement. Readmission into the College is not guaranteed. 

    Disciplinary Actions

    If a student is expelled from the College for disciplinary reasons, a grade of W (withdrawal) is recorded for each course, and notation of the expulsion for disciplinary reasons is made on his or her official college record.

    If a student is suspended for disciplinary reasons, the period of suspension shall not prohibit the student from completing the term in the prescribed time. Faculty members have the option of providing suspended students the opportunity to make up missed course requirements.

    Veterans Administration Standards of Progress

    Students attending Carthage and receiving educational benefits from the Veterans Administration must maintain satisfactory standing and adequate progress in order to continue receiving benefits. Under certain circumstances, a student might be permitted to continue study at Carthage but would fail to qualify for payment of educational benefits.

    These include the following:

    • Failure of all courses during a term in which the student is registered for two or more courses.
    • Withdrawal from all courses after the midpoint of a term in which the student is registered for two or more courses.
    • Failure to achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or above for any term during which the student is on academic probation. A student may continue on academic probation and receive benefits provided the grade point average for courses taken each term is 2.0 or above.
    • Appeal from a determination that a student is not making satisfactory progress and for reinstatement of aid will be directed to the Subcommittee for Academic Review and Recommendation.
  • Academic Honesty Policy

    Academic honesty is a necessary corollary to academic freedom; each concept presupposes the other. The goals and objectives of Carthage fall within the implicit context of academic honesty. Therefore, Carthage expects academic honesty from all of its members and maintains college-wide honesty guidelines and penalties that must be supported by the whole academic community. The guidelines and penalties are found in the Faculty Handbook and Students’ Handbook.

  • Advising

    The Center for Student Success provides professional advising and additional support services to facilitate the academic success and persistence of Carthage students, primarily during their period of transition to the College. Staff in the Center for Student Success work closely with other college personnel to holistically address the academic, developmental, and social needs of the students, with particular focus on supporting underrepresented/underserved student populations.

    All new, exchange, and readmitted students are assigned a professional advisor in the Center for Student Success during their admissions process and will continue to work with that advisor until they are ready to transition to a faculty advisor, typically after they have confirmed a program of study and successfully completed their first year as a full-time, degree-seeking student. The staff in the Center for Student Success also serve as instructors for College Success Seminar, a college transitions course taken by new first-time freshmen and transfer students during their first semester at Carthage. College Success Seminar courses review skills and services students should take advantage of to make the most of their time in college, and upperclass students serving as Peer Coaches are matched with each section as a supplemental resource for students.

    Additionally, the Center for Student Success oversees the college’s Early Alert system, facilitates academic support for students enrolled in the Carthage Academic Achievement Program and Guaranteed Admission Programs with the College of Lake County and Gateway Technical College, and co-leads pre-orientation programming for the Division of Student Affairs. All Carthage students can seek guidance through the Center for Student Success at any point in the year by visiting Suite 100 on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC).

    Learning Accessibility Services (Support for Students with Disabilities)

    At Carthage College, we are committed to ensuring equal access to educational opportunities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Learning Accessibility Services support over 300 students with physical, learning, psychological, sensory, and other disabilities. Carthage students partner with our office and their instructors to create a plan for their access and inclusion on campus. All services are free of charge. Learning Accessibility Services are located in Hedberg Library.

  • Academic Resources

    Brainard Writing Center

    Located on the upper level of the Hedberg Library, the Brainard Writing Center is open to all members of the Carthage community. The center is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. Student writing fellows, who have completed a stringent training program, provide assistance for students at any stage of the writing process. Students from all majors and at all levels of writing ability are welcome. Regular weekly tutoring sessions are also available. Although students may drop in, appointments are strongly recommended. The Writing Center also provides online tutoring services.


    Trained student tutors provide individual and small group assistance, available upon request for most scheduled courses. Tutors meet with students on a regularly scheduled basis or as needed.

    Supplemental Instruction

    Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a nationally recognized program designed to increase student academic performance. Upper-class students attend class and facilitate study sessions in which students create graphic organizers, quiz each other, play review games, and more.

    Academic Coaching

    Academic coaches help students develop college-level time management, study, note-taking, and test-taking skills. Student academic coaches are available on request and meet individually with students, often on a regular basis throughout the semester.

  • January Term

    January Term offers students a variety of opportunities not always available during Spring and Fall terms. On-campus courses include those especially created for J-Term as well as regular-term courses, some of which may satisfy distribution requirements or other general education credits. Students register for one course only, allowing them to concentrate study in one subject.

    J-Term also provides off-campus opportunities, such as travel to other parts of the country and abroad, as well as hands-on experience through field placement internships. Students also may propose an independent study project under the direction of a faculty member. In addition to these courses, students may propose their own specially arranged placements through the Career Services office.

    On-campus courses and independent studies are graded, unless otherwise indicated in the J-Term Catalog, and the grade is computed in the student’s grade point average. Specially designed J-Term courses are usually graded but may be offered as pass-fail. If pass-fail, the course cannot be taken for a letter grade. Field placements and some off-campus study tours receive grades S or U and do not affect a student’s grade point average. Other off-campus study tours are graded.

    Students must consult with their academic advisors to select their J-Term course. Students taking an on-campus course and living in residence halls pay no additional room and board for the J-Term. This is limited to full-time residential students registered for either the Fall or Spring terms. Tuition for one J-Term class (on-campus or off-campus) per academic year is included for students attending full-time for a full academic year. Some J-Term courses require an additional fee to cover cost of travel and other course activities; payment of these nonrefundable fees is due at registration.

    All students must successfully complete a J-Term course during their freshman year and one additional year.

  • Career Services

    Carthage Career Services is the primary campus resource for students and alumni making career choices, developing careers, and seeking employment while in school or after graduation. Career services include career counseling, interest and ability assessment and interpretation, internship and job search assistance, on-campus interviewing, career development workshops, and guidance with graduate school selection and application.

    Career Services helps students find paid and unpaid internships, summer and part-time employment, and prepare for the seasonal visits of national and regional employers who interview students on campus. Career Services also hosts a Fall Career Fair where students have the opportunity to meet with over 75 area employers. Carthage alumni actively coach students in employment preparation by reviewing resumes, helping students practice interviewing, and providing informational interviews.

    Career Services is located on the top floor of Lentz Hall. Carthage Career Services is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

  • International Study Abroad

    The Director of Education Abroad helps interested Carthage students identify, plan, and prepare for a study abroad experience. Approved earned credits are accepted toward the degree, in many cases fulfilling general education requirements or major/minor requirements. Carthage has special affiliations with several institutions; however, participation in other programs also may be approved.

    GNR 3510 Immersion Abroad 12-16 cr.

    Linguistic and/or cultural immersion abroad for one or more terms in an academic setting. (In exceptional cases, approval may be granted for substituting two summers for the term.)

    Prerequisite for applying study abroad to the major in any modern language: MLA 2200, 3010, and at least two of the following courses: 3080, 3090, 3110 (or permission of the Chair of the Modern Languages Department).

  • Individual Study

    The College believes opportunities should be provided for students to study, with a large degree of self-direction, in areas beyond the normal course offerings of the departments. To this end, the following course is available at the discretion of, and under the direction of, the departments:

    4500 Independent Study 1-4 credits

    In this course, a student or a group of students study or read widely in a field of special interest. It is understood that this course will not duplicate any other course regularly offered in the curriculum, and that the student will work in this course as independently as the teacher thinks possible.


    Prior to registration the student should consult the teacher (or teachers) whose field of competency encompasses the student’s subject and who will supervise the work; the student and the teacher(s) will decide the title to be reported and the nature of the examination or term paper, and will discuss the preparation of a bibliography and a plan of coherent study.

    All students must obtain final approval of the department before registration. In the case of interdisciplinary study, the approval of all cooperating departments must be secured. Two independent study courses may not be taken concurrently.

    Specially Arranged Courses
    Under extenuating circumstances, catalog courses may be arranged with both department and instructor approval. Specially arranged courses may not be offered to fulfill the Writing Intensive, Global Heritage, or Carthage Symposium graduation requirements.

  • Self-Designed Major/Minor

    Student-designed majors and minors provide an opportunity for students to develop a program of study other than those routinely offered at Carthage. Like all majors and minors, those that are student-designed must meet all general degree requirements, and the specific courses in the proposal should represent a coherent set of experiences that support the rationale described in the proposal through the intentional building of knowledge and sophistication in the proposed field of study. Student-designed majors/minors must be based on areas of faculty expertise and include only regularly offered courses. The proposals should not rely on tutorial, independent studies, or a single faculty member. Self-designed majors/minors must be completed and submitted for approval PRIOR to the student achieving senior credit standing.

    Proposed minors include 20-24 credits of course work that is not part of the student’s major requirements. Majors must include 40-44 credits of major-specific course work. Proposals must have at least 50 percent of the program-specific credits to be from course work not required for any other degree the student is pursuing. Students should not include courses at the 1000 level, and should try to achieve a balance similar to other majors in the catalog with respect to the mix of 2000, 3000, and 4000 level courses. This proposed program should lead to deeper and more sophisticated understanding in the intended area of study.

    To establish a self-designed major or minor, students must identify a faculty member to serve as their advisor and work closely with him or her to articulate their idea for the proposed program of study. Completed proposal forms must include complete and thoughtful rationale for the self-designed program, and signatures from the faculty advisor and chairpersons whose course offerings will be included in the proposed program. These signatures signify agreement with and support for the rationale, and validation of the quality and coherence of the proposed program. Completed proposals are submitted by the advisor to his or her department for approval.  They must then be approved by the divisional curriculum subcommittee and division, and must be ready for approval by the Curriculum Committee PRIOR to the student achieving senior standing. Incomplete proposals will be returned without consideration.

  • Topics Courses

    200T Topics 1-4 credits
    A course of variable content for lower-level students. Topics will not duplicate material covered in any other course.


    400T Topics 1-4 credits
    A course of variable content for upper-level students. Topics will not duplicate material covered in any other course.
  • Field Placements/Internships

    The field placement and internship programs provide students with meaningful work experiences that either directly relate to their career objectives or assist in determining those objectives. The central feature of the programs is the opportunity for significant interaction between students’ work experiences and their academic programs.

    The following policies shall govern field placement and internships during the regular term:

    1. The student may register for up to eight hours of field placement or internship per term. He or she may count up to 12 hours of field placement or internship toward graduation including J-Term field placement or internship credits but excluding student teaching. Credits earned in departmental offerings involving fieldwork, such as Parish Service, and Field Instruction and Methods in Social Work, are to be included in these limits. Field placement may not be substituted for student teaching.
    2. Field placements are open to juniors and seniors in good standing who receive the approval of the supervising faculty member and the appropriate department chairperson or program director. Internships are open to all students with the approval of the supervising faculty member and Career Services.
    3. For field placements, attendance at a regularly held on-campus seminar conducted by the instructor is expected.
    4. A minimum of four hours of on-the-job activity shall be spent per week for 1 credit. For 2-8 credits, a minimum of two hours of on-the-job activity shall be spent per week for each credit.
    5. The instructor will take into account the evaluations of the on-the-job supervisor, grading placements on an A to F scale. Internships in J-Term are normally pass-fail.

    Departments will have discretion in the determination of prerequisites, whether or not field placement may be counted toward the major, whether or not it is required for the major, and how many hours are necessary. Departments may establish guidelines in addition to the following:

    3500 Field Placement             2-8 credits
    A field placement enables the student to explore a possible career, and to work in an individual, academically oriented position designed to supplement or complement the student’s academic experience. All field placements require faculty supervision and regular meetings between the student and the instructor. Field placements are offered by various academic departments.

    3550 Internship                         1-8 credits
    An internship enables the student to gain practical experience in his or her field of study. All internships require faculty supervision and regular meetings between the student and the instructor. No further credit will be given for internships in subsequent terms in the same placement. All internships must be arranged through Career Services.

  • Office of Continuing Studies

    The Office of Continuing Studies (OCS) serves as Carthage College’s hub for access and innovation, providing lifelong learning opportunities to a diverse population of nontraditional students. OCS works closely with faculty and staff from across campus to deliver high-quality programs that further the College’s mission and meet the needs of students and the community.

    OCS is dedicated to ensuring student success through the highest level of service, support, and advising throughout each student’s career at Carthage. In addition to providing administrative leadership for all its programs, OCS serves as a resource to the faculty and academic departments that oversee and deliver the curriculum for programs that confer undergraduate and graduate credit.

    The portfolio of programs within OCS includes Adult Undergraduate Studies, Summer Studies, Graduate Studies, and Professional Development Programs.

    Adult Undergraduate Studies

    Adult Undergraduate Studies (AUS) provides high-quality learning opportunities, rooted in a liberal arts tradition, for nontraditional learners in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the surrounding communities. AUS offers on-site adult undergraduate degree programs in part-time and accelerated formats that build on the strengths of our physical campus, accomplished faculty, and academic programs. Quality interactions between traditional students, nontraditional students, and faculty members in a traditional campus setting foster a commitment to lifelong learning that enriches each individual and strengthens the College.

    Students enroll in AUS to:

    • Start, change, or advance a career;
    • Complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, management, criminal justice, or marketing;
    • Fulfill general education requirements and electives as a part of other Carthage majors (i.e., social work);
    • Review and prepare for graduate school;
    • Complete an additional major or minor;
    • Enrich an area of interest; and/or
    • Complete classes at times convenient to work and personal schedules.

    AUS offers two programs:

    • 7-Week Program: Offers courses in the evening in seven-week terms, with seven terms per year. Most classes meet for three hours, one night a week, and contain structured learning outside of class.  During the winter term (January), classes meet two days per week for three and a half weeks.
    • Part-Time Semester Program: Offers courses in the traditional daytime format in 14-week terms, with four terms per year.


    The AUS 7-Week Program offers Bachelor of Arts majors in the following areas:

    • Accounting
    • Criminal Justice
    • Management
    • Marketing


    The AUS 7-Week Program offers minors in the following areas:

    • Business Administration
    • Criminal Justice
    • Religion
    • Sociology


    Qualified candidates seeking admission to AUS must:

    • Submit an Adult Undergraduate Studies application form and application fee.
    • Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges, universities, and/or college equivalent programs, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0; high school transcripts may be used if there is no prior college experience.
    • Complete a required interview with an AUS representative.

    Degree-seeking, 7-week students must submit all unofficial college transcripts before registering for courses. Official college transcripts must be submitted by the completion of their first term. If the student has not attended college, high school transcripts should be used.

    Post-baccalaureate, part-time semester, and nondegree-seeking students must submit official transcripts before they can register for courses. If the student has not attended college, high school transcripts should be used.

    Financial Aid

    AUS students must complete the FAFSA on an annual basis should they wish to receive financial aid. To qualify in a given term, students must be degree seeking and registered for at least 2 credits in the 7-week program or at least 6 credits in the part-time semester program. Aid is awarded as a designated amount each term and cannot be moved forward or backward between terms. For 7-week program students, Winter term financial aid is not explicitly included in the federal financial aid package. Financial aid is divided between the other six terms in the year. Students should reserve some or all of their refund to pay for any Winter term course work. Students can only receive financial aid from one institution at a time.

    GNR 0002 Elements of College Learning

    This two-credit course is designed to prepare first-time and returning adult students for the expectations and demands of attending Carthage. Topics address the theory and practice of college-level study skills including critical reading and thinking, note-taking, reading rate and preparation, use of Carthage resources, stress management, and time management. Students will apply these techniques directly to their course work as they adjust to their new role as degree-seeking students at Carthage.

    Students in the 7-week subprogram must begin their course work with Elements of College Learning and pass the course with a C or above to continue their course work at night, unless they have already taken the course at Carthage in the past and received a C or higher for the course in its current format. Should a student retake the course a second time and still not receive a C or higher, the student will not be permitted to continue. The student may reapply for admission after seven consecutive terms with the recommendation that they take courses at a two-year college to build their skills during the interim.

    Inactive Students

    Students who are not enrolled in two consecutive 7-week terms or one semester in the part-time semester program will be unofficially withdrawn from the College by the Office of the Registrar due to inactivity, including if they added and then dropped a course during that time. Students who do not pass Elements of College Learning after two attempts and students who are admitted but do not enroll within four 7-week terms or one traditional semester will also be unofficially withdrawn.

    Once a student is withdrawn from Carthage (officially or unofficially), they must reapply if the student wishes to return. If readmitted, the student is subject to new catalog requirements and changes in program offerings.

    Summer Studies

    Summer Studies at Carthage meets the needs of traditional and nontraditional students. There are two sessions during the summer: Summer I and Summer II. Most courses are offered in the 7-week accelerated format. Summer classes are open to Carthage AUS students, Carthage traditional students, college students from other institutions, teachers, other professionals, and high school students with special permission.

    Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies administers post-baccalaureate programs that build upon and complement the strengths of Carthage’s undergraduate curriculum. Graduate Studies programs include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Accelerated Certification for Teachers (ACT) as well as the Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation (BDI).

    Master of Education (M.Ed.)

    The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program, first accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in July 1975, addresses the specific needs of teachers in the community by furthering their general education or providing intensive study in a particular academic area. Through evening and summer studies, students can earn their M.Ed., add additional teaching licenses to their existing professional license, or complete course work for personal enrichment.

    The M.Ed. program fosters intellectual and professional learning opportunities within the context of a liberal arts education. Classes enable teachers to keep abreast of current issues relating to education, such as curricula, leadership, and administration. All courses meet Wisconsin teacher licensure requirements in selected areas and carry Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) program approval.

    The M.Ed. is a 38-credit graduate program with 7 specialized concentrations, including  Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum and Instruction with Reading License #316, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Leadership with Reading License #17, Higher Education, Educational Administration (K-12) with License #51, and English as a Second Language with License #395.

    In addition to these concentrations, Carthage offers the following advanced licenses:

    • Administration/Principal’s License (51): Developed by a team of administrators from Kenosha Unified and Racine Unified school districts and the Carthage Education Department, the administration concentration prepares educators for leadership roles as principals in the K-12 setting. Course work focuses on site-based management, school law, school finance, and leadership development. To be fully certified upon completion, candidates must hold a professional educators license, or be licensed as a school counselor, school psychologist, or a school social worker, and have at least three years and 540 hours of successful experience in these areas. The program can be completed in two years by taking two courses per term. Students who already possess a master’s degree and wish to gain the #51 license will need to complete the required courses only. No culminating experience or research courses will be required.
    • Cross-Categorical Special Education License (801): This concentration leads licensed teachers to a certification in Special Education. With completion of the certification and research sequence, candidates will earn a master’s degree with a concentration in special education. For state licensure, students will need to take and pass the appropriate Praxis II and Foundations of Reading tests.
    • English as a Second Language (ESL License 1395): Carthage offers a program for the English as a Second Language Wisconsin educator license. This program can be completed at the graduate level leading to the 1395 English as a Second Language License and a Master of Education degree, or it can be completed as a post-baccalaureate program leading to the license only. Candidates holding one of the following licenses are eligible to complete this program: Early Childhood-Adolescent (grades K-12 Level 74), Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent (grades 1-8 Level 72), and Early Adolescent-Adolescent (grades 6-12 Level 73).
    • Bilingual (Bilingual License 1023): Carthage offers a program for the Bilingual Wisconsin educator license. This program can be completed as a post-baccalaureate program leading to the 1023 Bilingual License. Candidates holding one of the following licenses are eligible to complete this program: Early Childhood-Adolescent (grades K-12 Level 74), Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent (grades 1-8 Level 72), and Early Adolescent-Adolescent (grades 6-12 Level 73).
    • Reading Licenses (316 and 17): Carthage offers a graduate reading program for licensed educators. The Reading 316 license is the Reading Teacher license, designed for reading teachers working directly with children. The Reading 17 license is the Reading Specialist certification, designed for those who are directly responsible for directing or supervising a reading program in a K-12 setting; this license will require completion of both the Reading 316 license and the M.Ed. degree.

    Working with an advisor assigned by the Graduate Admissions Coordinator, the student establishes a program of study. The program of study is then approved by the Education Department.

    Each program requires a minimum of 36 credits and successful completion of either a thesis or comprehensive exam. Required courses include Foundations of Education, Quantitative Research, and Qualitative Research. The remaining courses are selected from curricular offerings in the academic subject area. With approval, students who intend to write a thesis or complete a project must take EDU 5500 Master’s Degree Capstone Experience.


    Qualified candidates seeking admission to the M.Ed. or advanced licensing program must:

    • Have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
    • Possess a valid teaching certificate issued by one of the 50 states, or employment in a profession that is educational in purpose (e.g., nursing, social work, etc.).
    • Complete and submit the required admissions items:
      • Application, personal statement, and application fee
      • Official transcripts of all college work
      • Proof of a valid teaching certificate (for licensed teachers)
      • Three letters of recommendation: one from a supervisor, one from a colleague at the current place of employment, and one of the candidate’s choosing (former professor, additional supervisor or colleague are common)
      • Interview with the Director of the Graduate Program in Education (optional, but recommended)

    When the application is complete, a committee will review the application materials and issue an admission decision. Accepted students will be assigned to an advisor who will guide them through the program.

    Accelerated Certification for Teachers (ACT)

    The Accelerated Certification for Teachers (ACT) program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree to become a licensed teacher at the middle and high school level. This 14-month program offers certification in cross-categorical special education and a full range of secondary education areas: art, broadfield science (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics), economics, English, geography, history, modern languages (e.g., French, Spanish), math, music, physical education, political science, sociology, speech communications, and theatre.

    Students complete licensing requirements beginning with course work taken during the summer, followed by a yearlong clinical experience as the teacher of record in a school district and evening/weekend course work, and ending with a second summer of course work. Upon completion, participants are approximately 14 credits away from earning a Master of Education. 


    Qualified candidates seeking admission to the ACT program must:

    • Have current employment (or a commitment for employment) at a sponsoring school district or be eligible to student teach
    • Complete and submit the required admissions items:
      • Application, personal statement, and application fee
      • Official transcripts of all college work (Note: An official transcript evaluation will be completed to determine if additional courses may be needed in the teaching content area prior to admission into the ACT program.)
      • Interview with the Director of the ACT Program (optional, but recommended)
    • Have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all college course work.
    • Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Reading, Writing, and Math)
    • Pass the appropriate Praxis II content test for the area of licensure 

    Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation

    The Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation (BDI) program, first accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in August 2016, provides an educational experience grounded in independent and critical thinking, and creative problem solving and solution finding. The master’s program builds upon a liberal arts education where the curriculum streams of design, innovation, and sustainability are taught through the critical concepts of theory, knowledge, application, and continuous learning at the individual level, team level, and organization level to build mastery.

    The BDI prepares graduates to work in collaboration, leading and managing high-performing cross-functional teams. The program develops student capacity for design thinking, as well as innovative solutions, strategies, programs, and services for the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. On their journey, students master analytical methods through research-informed and evidence-based frameworks.

    The BDI is a 39-credit intensive cohort-based graduate program completed over 12 months. A series of workshops to further develop experiential/action-based learning is also built into the curriculum. Graduates will master organizational development skills including human-centered design, leadership development, change management, and team building; understand and apply innovative design solutions to businesses and organizations; apply group-level development knowledge, including leading and motivating high-impact teams to facilitating team learning; utilize creativity and innovation both in theory and in practice; and bridge the gap between theory and practice through internship, capstone, and experiential learning.


    Qualified candidates seeking admission to the Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation must:

    • Have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by August 1st of the entry year.
    • Complete and submit the required admissions items:
      • Online application and application fee
      • Official transcripts of all college work
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • A statement of purpose
      • Resume/CV
      • Entrance interview
      • GRE or GMAT test scores are recommended but not required.

    International Graduate Admissions


    Admission procedures for international graduate students include verification of the applicant’s academic ability, English language proficiency, and Certification of Finances Form in order to issue a Form I-20. 

    Form I-20 is provided to students who have been accepted for admission. Admission to Carthage College includes:

    • Completed application
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Certification of Finances Form

    Application Requirements

    • Carthage Graduate Application for Admission and application fee.
    • All official transcripts, certificates, and diplomas from all colleges previously attended. Original transcripts must be evaluated by Education Credential Evaluators (ECE). The General with Grade Average or Course by Course evaluations through ECE are both accepted. An official score report must be sent to Carthage directly from ECE.
    • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. For TOEFL, a minimum score of 78 is required for the iBT and 213 on the computer version. The minimum score for IELTS is 6.0. Scores must be sent directly to Carthage from the testing agency. Carthage offers Conditional Acceptance for students who meet the admission requirement but need additional English language preparation prior to enrolling. 
    • Submit the Certification of Finances Form. All monetary amounts listed on the Certification of Finances Form must be certified by bank officials. If you have a financial sponsor, that person must submit the sponsor statement.
    • Certain programs may require a musical audition or portfolio of previous work. A program advisor will contact you to make arrangements for an audition or portfolio demonstration.

    Target Language Expert Application and Admission Policy

    An application to Carthage College will be initiated by the Target Language Expert (TLE) Coordinator and the Department of Modern Languages. TLE candidates should submit all official transcripts, certificates, and diplomas from all colleges previously attended to the TLE Coordinator. Original transcripts will be evaluated by Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) in English and forwarded directly to Carthage College. This process will be initiated by Carthage College. TLE candidates need to review their application with the Target Language Expert Coordinator. The TLE Coordinator will determine whether the TOEFL, IELTS, or ACTFL scores will be required for admission.

    International Admissions Programs

    International Admissions Programs aim to increase the number of international students at Carthage, making the campus a more global learning environment where everyday interactions are diverse and enlightening, and increase the cultural humility of all community members. International Admissions Programs are committed to fostering a safe, positive, and nurturing environment where each student can achieve his or her personal and academic goals.

    American Cultural Literacy Courses

    GNR 1000 American Cultural Literacy I 

    GNR 1010 American Cultural Literacy II

    American Cultural Literacy I and II introduce students to life and culture in the United States. Using sources of information ranging from interviews to news reports to literature, students will explore a range of topics designed to help them live and work successfully at a college in the United States and in the surrounding communities. The courses will encourage exploration of and interaction with campus and local resources. Daily life, cultural manifestations, and social issues of the United States will be discussed primarily within the context of the contemporary world. Students will begin to contrast their own culture and their stereotypes of U.S. culture with their own experiences and interactions in the United States, and will reflect on the meaning and significance of the similarities and differences they discover. Topics covered may include student life, campus resources, the local community, U.S. media and sports culture, U.S. politics, and regional differences in language and culture. This course may not be taken by native speakers of English.

    Professional Development Programs

    Professional Development Programs meet the needs of students who are seeking to advance their knowledge in a variety of fields, such as education, law, and accounting. Through a range of courses taught by accomplished faculty, students in professional development programs learn about modern trends in their content areas. At the conclusion of the courses, participants receive academic credit issued through a professional development transcript. Additionally, graduates from Paralegal Studies earn a certificate of completion.

    Professional Development Programs include the Enrichment Program, Paralegal Studies, and the Certified Management Accountant Preparation Program.

    Enrichment Program

    Carthage’s Enrichment Program is designed to meet the needs, concerns, and interests facing people in today’s society. Many course offerings are particularly suited to teachers. For educators who have completed their licensure programs out of state, enrichment courses provide opportunities to meet several PI 34 statutory requirements.

    Courses are 1-3 credits and available for professional development credit. Classes range from weekend workshops to courses that meet one evening a week for several weeks.

    Certified Management Accountant Preparation Program

    Carthage offers instructor-led Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam preparation courses. The centerpiece of the College’s offering is the Institute of Management Accountants’ CMA Learning System (CMALS), a comprehensive program that includes textbooks and online practice tests. This approach combines printed materials and online components with the expertise of an instructor and the discipline of a classroom setting. These instructor-led review courses will be delivered in two convenient sections, mirroring the two parts of the CMA exam.

    As an exam preparation course, it is intended to refresh concepts learned in earlier courses — Financial Accounting, Cost/Managerial Accounting or Managerial Accounting, Corporate Finance, Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Accounting I, and Auditing — and to update for any authoritative changes since taking the earlier course. Students taking this course should plan to sit for the corresponding part of the CMA exam within two months of completing the course. Prerequisites: ACC 3010 or MGT 3210 or consent of the instructor.

    EXAM PART I (Fall): Financial Planning, Performance, and Control 

    • Planning, budgeting, and forecasting
    • Performance measurement
    • Cost management
    • Internal controls
    • Professional ethics 

    EXAM PART II (Spring): Financial Decision Making

    • Financial statement analysis
    • Corporate finance
    • Decision analysis and risk management
    • Investment decisions
    • Professional ethics

    Note: Candidates for the CMA exam may sit for Parts I and II in any order. 

  • Honors

    Through the Honors Program, Carthage offers enhanced educational opportunities to students with records of outstanding achievement and potential. Honors Program goals include:

    1. Cultivating and retaining students with exceptional promise, motivating them to take leadership roles inside and outside the classroom, and enriching their entire instructional and cocurricular careers as learners at Carthage and beyond.

    2. Enhanced instructional experiences and opportunities for faculty to develop and deliver new courses.

    3. Encouraging creative cooperation between students and faculty as they engage in scholarly activities together.

    4. Strengthening the scholarly profile of the institution as a whole.

    Admission to the Carthage Honors Program 

    The Honors Program admits less than 10 percent of the class entering Carthage each year. Generally, these students enter the Honors Program through an Honors Freshman/Sophomore Seminar. However, the program also actively recruits highly talented and motivated students who have completed at least 16 credits of balanced course work (at Carthage and elsewhere). These students may enter the Honors Program in the second term of their first year or as sophomores. While it is rare for students to complete the entire Honors curriculum when entering the program after their sophomore year, interested students should discuss their options with the Director of Honors. The following norms for admission to the Honors Program are offered only as guidelines. Highly motivated and ambitious students who do not meet particular criteria are encouraged to apply for consideration through the Director of Honors.

    Incoming First-Year Students

    Invitations to apply to join the Honors Program will go primarily to students who present outstanding high school credentials (e.g., ACT scores, GPA, class rank) and/or excel in Carthage’s competitive scholarship competitions. Additional students will be invited to apply upon the recommendation of the Vice President for Enrollment (or designated representative).

    Transfer Students

    Individuals admitted to the Honors Program as new transfer students typically have maintained at least a 3.25 college GPA, have demonstrated excellence in one or more courses, have been recommended for the Honors Program by the Vice President for Enrollment (or designated representative), and have been interviewed by the Director of Honors.

    Continuing Students

    Students admitted to the Honors Program during their first or second year of study at Carthage typically have maintained at least a 3.25 Carthage GPA, have demonstrated excellence in one or more courses, have been recommended for the Honors Program by one or more instructors, and have been interviewed by the Director of Honors. They will be asked to complete a written application.

    Carthage Honors Plan of Study

    Students who complete the Carthage Honors Program are expected to commit themselves to rigorous study, and to demonstrate intellectual balance and flexibility through their ability to make connections across disciplines.


    The Honors Plan of Study requires students to complete four to six courses in the Honors Program with a grade of no lower than B in any of those courses.

    Carthage Honors Freshman/Sophomore Seminars
     (Completed in the first four semesters on campus)

    Carthage Honors Freshman/Sophomore Seminars are for Honors students only. These specially designed seminars generally fall into two categories: either “Thinking” courses or “Problem” courses.

    The “Thinking” courses are intended to demonstrate to students how professors conduct inquiry and attain knowledge in their fields. These courses are introductory; they do not assume advanced knowledge in the field being treated. Yet these courses give Honors students an in-depth look into the field that students in introductory courses would not typically get. For example, a biologist may begin with an overview of her research and findings pertaining to a particular project. Then, stepping back, the professor would take students to the starting point of her work and from there proceed through the necessary steps to get where she has ended up. Along the way, the professor might show that things do not always go as well as expected or planned, providing the opportunity to show how setbacks and dead ends are dealt with and can be instructive. They likely will touch on new questions that emerge along the way and ask students to begin to think of how they would pursue research into those questions. These courses will be conducted as intensive and interactive seminars. They give professors the chance to show nonspecialists what excites them in their fields, and allow students to learn an approach to inquiry, as opposed to merely the results of inquiry. 

    The “Problem” courses begin with a contemporary serious problem that is in some way addressed by the professor’s field (or professors’ fields). The problem could be social, economic, environmental, medical, political, pertaining to creativity, or some combination of these. Some of these seminars will work best if they are team-taught by faculty in distinct disciplines. The course begins by explaining the problem, its scale, and who is impacted. It will also look at possible causes and possible solutions, using the terms, categories, and approaches to inquiry within the professor’s field. From this beginning point, the students are asked to broaden their perspective on the problem and to see it in a wider context — a context that might be geographical, historical, or theoretical. That is, the course may demonstrate how the problem is connected to the problems or even the advances found in other places around the country or around the world; it may demonstrate that the problem emerged as a result of attempting to solve other problems; it may show that the problem is seen as a problem because of changes in ideas or changes in standards of fairness. As they go through the course, students begin to see the difficulties inherent in any attempt to solve problems and even to correctly identify and describe them. Overall, these courses help students to see the essential need for more knowledge in the real world — often including knowledge from unexpected sources or about matters not obviously related to the problem with which they started. These courses also show students the need to cultivate the faculty of informed judgment.

    Honors Global Heritage
    (Completed in the junior or senior year) 

    Honors Global Heritage courses are approved Global Heritage courses offered in sections for Honors students only. Honors Global Heritage courses are usually offered in the Fall semester. These courses require active and independent work at a high level. For approval as an Honors Global Heritage course, instructors must show that the course will be taught above the introductory level and will require an independent project of research and/or analysis. 

    Honors Carthage Symposium
     (Completed in the junior or senior year) 

    In the Spring semester of his or her junior or senior year, each Honors student will take an Honors-only Carthage Symposium course. In the course, students will attempt to answer a specific question or to solve a specific problem, working in two distinct disciplines — at least one of which will be outside of his or her major. Please note that qualified students (including transfers) may petition the Director of Honors for a modified plan of study.

    Honors Cocurriculum 

    The Honors Program seeks to enhance classroom experiences through a wide variety of intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities. Honors students, with appropriate faculty encouragement and support, assume visible leadership in a variety of contexts across campus and help elevate its intellectual and cultural tones. The Honors Council serves as an umbrella organization for student-led Honors activities on campus. Through Honors Council, students can participate in service projects, social activities, and special programming and student-faculty gatherings. The Honors Council has an executive board and is structured so students can provide input into the Honors curriculum, present papers at regional and national conferences, and apply to participate in off-campus and international Honors terms. 

    Carthage Honors Scholar Recognition 

    Upon graduation, students will be recognized as Carthage Honors Scholars if they complete two Honors Freshman Seminars, two Honors Sophomore Seminars, an Honors Global Heritage course, and an Honors Carthage Symposium course with no grade lower than a B. Carthage Honors Scholars also must have a final, overall GPA of at least 3.5. The Carthage Honors Scholar designation will appear on their transcript and diploma.

    Carthage Scholars

    Honors students who complete four courses in the Honors curriculum (with the same grade requirements as Carthage Honors Scholar recognition) will be designated Carthage Scholars. (No more than two Honors Freshman Seminars, two Honors Sophomore Seminars, one Honors Global Heritage, and one Honors Carthage Symposium count toward these four courses.) This Carthage Scholar designation will appear on their transcript and diploma. 

    Academic Honorary Organizations 

    Alpha Chi: A national college honor scholarship society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. No more than the top 10 percent of the senior class may be inducted. 

    Alpha Lambda Delta: A national honorary society recognizing outstanding academic achievement for first-year students.

    Sigma Xi: An international research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. Students who show outstanding potential as researchers may be named as associate members.

    Omicron Delta Kappa: A national honorary society recognizing juniors and seniors for excelling in academic work and service to the community.

    Departmental Honor Organizations: Students may be invited to join discipline-specific national organizations that acknowledge excellent work.

    Scholarships and Academic Planning 

    The Director of Honors and faculty advisors are available to assist qualified students in applying to graduate programs and for national and international fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright, and Mellon. Students who receive these and other awards are recognized each spring. 

    Dean’s List

    Full-time students who earn at least a 3.5 GPA while completing at least 14 graded credits in a term are acknowledged on the Carthage Dean’s List.

    Honors in the Major 

    Departments at Carthage offer students the opportunity to earn Honors in the major. Each department may establish the requirements for Honors in the major according to the standards, needs, practices, and traditions of the discipline. If established, these requirements must be submitted to the Director of Honors for approval. If a department elects not to establish its own requirements for Honors in the major or does not submit these requirements to the Director of Honors, the following requirements will apply to students seeking Honors in the major: Honors Contracts in two advanced courses in one major AND presentation of the Senior Thesis to an audience beyond the major department AND all of the following:

    1. Complete all requirements for the major.

    2. Receive a rating of “excellent” on the Senior Thesis from the faculty of the major department.

    3. Be formally recommended by the faculty of the major department.

    4. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 at graduation. Please see the appropriate department chair for details on Honors in the Major.

    Latin Honors 

    Diplomas of graduating seniors with at least 64 graded Carthage credits are inscribed as follows:

    Cum Laude: recognition of a final, cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.0.

    Magna Cum Laude: recognition of a final, cumulative grade point average of at least 3.7-3.899/4.0.

    Summa Cum Laude: recognition of a final, cumulative grade point average of at least 3.9/4.0.

  • Credit Hour

    Credit earned at Carthage College is measured in credit hours, a standard derived from the Carnegie Unit and in common use in higher education. Each credit hour corresponds to the academic achievement attained in one contact hour (50 minutes) of classroom instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work per week over a 15-week semester, or its equivalent via alternative pedagogy. Most courses at the College are four credits; they meet three times a week for 65 minutes each day (195 minutes/week), twice a week for 100 minutes each day (200 minutes/week), or once a week for 180 minutes each day (180 minutes/week) for approximately 15 weeks. Courses carrying fewer than four credits are reduced by the appropriate proportion.

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

    Carthage does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, age, or disability in the educational programs or activities that it operates, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto, by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, not to discriminate in such manner. The requirements not to discriminate in educational programs and activities extends to employment therein and to admission thereto.

    Carthage is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (as amended) in regard to the right of students or their parents to review the student’s education record, correction of information from those records, and limitation of disclosure of information contained in those records. Further details are published in the Community Code, and forms authorizing institutional withholding of student records are available in the Office of the Registrar.

    Every year, the College is required to communicate its policy on the use of illicit drugs and alcohol to every student and employee.

    In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Carthage annually publishes and distributes an “Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness” statement.

    The College is required to publish and distribute to all current students and employees an annual security report describing campus security policies and campus crime statistics. In compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, Carthage publishes and distributes this information every fall.

    Carthage is required to make available graduation and retention rates. These figures are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    Inquiries concerning the application of said acts and published regulations to this College may be referred to:

    1. The Vice President for Business for matters relating to employment, policies and practices, promotions, fringe benefits, training, and grievance procedures for College personnel. Telephone: 262-551-6200.
    2. The Vice President for Enrollment for matters relating to student admissions and financial aid. Telephone: 262-551-6000.
    3. The Dean of Students for matters regarding administrative policies relating to students, student services, and the student administrative grievance procedure. Telephone: 262-551-5800.
    4. The Registrar for matters relating to student records. Complete details for the Student Records Policy are outlined in the Community Code. Telephone: 262-551-6100.
    5. The Provost of the College for matters relating to the curriculum and academic grievance procedure. Telephone: 262-551-5850.

    If a student believes the institution has failed to comply with FERPA, he or she has the right to file a complaint with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202.

    Carthage complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

  • 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 …