Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential.
As a four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on helping students develop a distinct moral and intellectual compass so they become perceptive, resourceful, and grounded individuals. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, while our emphasis on real-world experiences gives them the opportunity to learn in a professional context.
Our state-of-the-art campus, a beautiful arboretum spanning more than 80 acres on the shore of Lake Michigan, has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Our vibrant community includes 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our student-centered academic and cocurricular experience results in graduates who are prepared to lead meaningful, productive lives.
The Carthage Mission
Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service — Together.
To read the full mission, with statements of principle, go to www.carthage.edu/mission.
Faith and Spirituality
From its inception, Carthage College has been identified with the Lutheran tradition. The College’s mission statement and strategic plan affirm spiritual development of our students as a primary purpose. Along with this identity, religious inclusiveness is an intentional and specific objective. The student body and faculty represent many traditions, philosophies, and religions. It is the intent of the Center for Faith and Spirituality (CFS) to support the spiritual needs of all. The core values of the Judeo-Christian tradition are embedded in campus life. This foundation of faith helps all students prepare for careers by encouraging and nurturing personal spirituality, strong social ethics, respect for religious diversity, and sense of vocation (calling).
Religious life is enhanced by students. The CFS hired several students to work with worship, small groups, congregational outreach, interfaith, service, and more. There are other student organizations, including Better Together and Catholics at Carthage. These groups are supported by the Center for Faith and Spirituality, located in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. A local chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is also active on campus, as well as the Free Thinkers Society, Islamic Awareness Association, Jewish Awareness Association, Meditation Club, and Pagan Forum. Most worship experiences are held in the Siebert Chapel. There are three other smaller chapels on campus. Each is available for use by registered campus groups.
An ordained ELCA pastor serves as the Campus Pastor and Director of the CFS. A worship based in the Lutheran tradition with communion is held on Sunday afternoons. A Roman Catholic Mass is held on Sunday evenings. A chapel service is held each Tuesday during community time, and there is a student-led worship on Wednesday evenings. Interfaith Lunch is held every Thursday. All of these events take place in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. Local congregations also welcome Carthage students to join them for worship.
Another focus of the CFS is personal counsel. The Campus Pastor is available to students, staff, and faculty for consultation and pastoral care. Issues of stress involving personal relations, religious insights, and confrontation with new intellectual challenges are discussed in confidence. Communication between students and parents is mediated with the permission of each. It is the purpose of the Campus Pastor to be available for spiritual support when a rabbi, priest, pastor, or an imam is not locally available. The mission of the CFS is to connect faith and life issues for the benefit of all.
Library and Information Services
Hedberg Library is home to Library and Information Services (LIS). Named for Donald Hedberg, a 1950 Carthage graduate, Hedberg Library supports the educational program of the College by providing students and faculty with the resources, services, support, and inspirational space they need to pursue their course assignments and research. The LIS department supports traditional and electronic library services, information technology, and media, audiovisual, and equipment loans.
Hedberg Library has several technology-enhanced classrooms, the 75-seat Niemann Media Theater, and 11 collaborative and individual study rooms. Also within the Hedberg Library, the Staubitz Archives exist to document the life of Carthage College by collecting, preserving, and providing access to records and artifacts representing Carthage’s rich history, the publications of faculty and staff, and the activities of the Carthage community. The Brainard Writing Center, on the main level, is staffed by trained Writing Fellows who provide assistance for any written assignment. And, Donna’s Bytes, in the east section of Hedberg Library, provides food, beverages, and a relaxing atmosphere for students to unwind and enjoy discussions, lake views, or sitting in front of the fireplace.
LIS provides a physical and electronic collection of books, periodicals, audio and video recordings, microforms, and other materials. The growing collection contains more than 1 million unique resources. Laptop computers, iPads, camcorders, and other production and presentation equipment are available for loan. The library includes the Center for Children’s Literature, which features a large collection of children’s books.
Through interlibrary loan and our memberships in the Wisconsin Interlibrary Services and the Center for Research Libraries, Carthage students and faculty have access to the combined resources of virtually all the libraries in the nation. Reference, interlibrary borrowing, resource development, instructional technology assistance, and information literacy instruction are provided to the Carthage community. Media production assistance and videoconferencing services are also available to students and faculty alike.
The LIS information desk provides library reference desk and technology help desk assistance and is available virtually and during library hours for those who have research questions or need assistance with hardware, software, or media. Open 100 hours per week, the library has a generous loan policy. Students are encouraged to use the library’s resources and make suggestions for resources not currently owned.
LIS technology staff maintain an extensive campus-wide network. The network offers users access to campus resources, such as the library catalog and databases, the learning management system, the student information system for registration and degree planning, as well as access to the Internet. Using the learning management system, students can access course materials, submit assignments electronically, view their progress, and interact with instructors and fellow students.
All students, staff, and faculty have access to email, calendar, and collaborative tools provided by G Suite for Education. Free and discounted versions of other software are available through LIS. Computer labs are located in academic buildings, providing more than 250 public access computers, and all of Carthage’s classrooms are technology enhanced with multimedia capabilities. Rooms in the residence halls have both wireless and direct Ethernet network access connections, as well as digital cable television. Students bringing their own computers and other digital devices should consult the LIS web page for more information: www.carthage.edu/library/technology-support/bringing-your-computer-to-campus.
Carthage has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission* since 1916, when the association became the primary accrediting agency for schools in the Midwest.
Several of the College’s departments and programs have sought specialized accreditation or approval in their discipline. Additionally, where required, Carthage has received the appropriate state approvals.
The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
The Chemistry major has been approved by the American Chemical Society, which promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students.
Carthage’s new Nursing program has been reviewed and approved by the Higher Learning Commission. The program has also received approval from the Wisconsin Board of Nursing to admit students. Carthage is a member of the National League of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Carthage College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
The Teacher Education Programs for positions in elementary/middle, secondary, cross-categorical special education, and music, art, and physical education are fully approved education preparation programs by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and lead to Wisconsin educator licensure.
Carthage is a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.
Carthage also maintains membership in the American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, American Association of College and University Summer Sessions, American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, Association of College Admission Counselors, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and Wisconsin Independent Colleges of Teacher Education. Carthage is approved by the American Association of University Women.
* Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1-800-621-7440.
The Undergraduate Degree
The course of study offers sound academic preparation for advanced studies in graduate or professional schools, and for a variety of careers in business, industry, science, education, sports, music, and full-time Christian service. Similarly, the undergraduate program prepares students for medicine, engineering, government, law, social service, nursing, and theology.
Students interested in health professions focus on prerequisites for admission to particular professional schools. The following courses are prerequisites for most medical programs: one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, and one year of physics. Students need to become familiar with the additional prerequisites of the particular school or program to which they plan to apply.
Students may prepare for government service through a variety of majors including economics, political science, modern languages, geoscience, chemistry, history, mathematics, management, physics, and sociology.
Prelaw and pre-seminary students may concentrate their studies in a discipline of their choosing. While most prelaw students major in political science or history, law schools accept students with majors in other areas. Carthage recommends that, in addition to courses in their major, students take expository composition, accounting, American government, American history, Constitutional law, economics, ethics, legal theory, logic, psychological science, and statistics. While most pre-seminary students major in religion, seminaries accept students with majors in other areas. All pre-seminary students are advised to take at least five courses in religion as a background for graduate study.
Criminal justice, psychological science, social work, and sociology majors are prepared for careers in social service as one of their options.
For dual-degree programs in engineering and occupational therapy, see Special Programs.
Carthage offers the Bachelor of Arts degree for most majors as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students can major in:
- Art Education
- Art History
- Asian Studies
- Athletic Training
- Classical Archaeology
- Classical Foundations
- Classical Studies
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Cross-Categorical Special Education (K-12)
- Elementary/Middle (Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence) (1-8) Education*
- Secondary Education (Early Adolescence through Adolescence) (5-12) minor only (in conjunction with approved major)
- Broad Field Social Science (in conjunction with a secondary education minor)
- Environmental Science
- Exercise and Sport Science
- Geographic Information Science
- Graphic Design
- Great Ideas
- International Political Economy
- Music Education
- Music, Emphasis in Music Theatre
- Nursing (BSN)
- Political Science
- Public Relations
- Social Work
- Studio Art
- Theatre Performance
- Theatrical Costume Design
- Theatrical Scenic Design
- Theatrical Stage Management
* To review the Carthage report submitted in compliance with Section 207 of Title II of the Higher Education Act, visit www.carthage.edu/education/certification.
The Graduate Degree
Carthage offers master’s degrees in the fields of business and education. The offerings include the Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation as well as the Master of Education degree (M. Ed.) with concentrations in 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 the Master of Education degree, several add-on licenses are available, including Wisconsin Reading Teacher Licensure (K-12) License #316, Cross-Categorical Special Education License, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual.
The Department of Athletics offers an opportunity for students to participate in a wide variety of sports that are designed to improve each student in mind, body, and spirit. Two levels of competition exist to meet each student’s needs. The highest competitive level is intercollegiate athletics for men and women. These teams consist primarily of recruited student-athletes, with each program governed by the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL) within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III. Currently, men participate in 12 sports. Fall: cross country, football, soccer. Winter: basketball, indoor track and field, and swimming. Spring: baseball, golf, outdoor track and field, tennis, volleyball, and lacrosse. Women participate in 12 sports. Fall: cross country, golf, tennis, volleyball, and soccer. Winter: basketball, indoor track and field, and swimming. Spring: outdoor track and field, softball, water polo, and lacrosse.
The second level of competition is club sports. These programs are recreational but involve competition against club teams from other schools or community/recreational programs. These activities are open to all Carthage students and generally require some previous experience in the activity. Activities currently offered are ice hockey, coed bowling, and curling.
The Director of Athletics is responsible for these departmental programs and reports to the President of the College.
Athletic Department Philosophy
Athletic participation is an important part of the total educational process. It provides students with learning experiences in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.
Athletic Department Goals
Provide for all students a variety of individual and team sports with appropriate leadership and coaching/teaching.
Provide the opportunity for students to participate in amateur sports in an environment that enhances the very best in competition, sportsmanship, and ethical conduct.
Assist students in the development of their leadership skills and teach them to serve as role models for children and others in the community.
Promote academic achievement by recognizing NCAA Academic All-Americans, Conference All-Academic, and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll recipients, while strictly adhering to the NCAA and conference academic standards for participation.
Provide safe, effective equipment and facilities to support each athlete and team.
Make available, to men and women, fair and equitable distribution of overall athletic opportunities, benefits, and resources. The participants in both the men’s and the women’s sports programs should accept the overall program of the other gender as fair and equitable.
Provide a disciplined yet humanistic environment to enhance physical, psychological, social, and emotional development and well-being.
Recruit the best students in our region who exemplify excellence in academics, athletics, and citizenship.
Win more than 50 percent of our intercollegiate contests. Finish in the top four of conference standings for each sport with the ultimate goal of winning the conference championship.
Student Athlete Advisory Committee
The Carthage Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is composed of two members from each Carthage athletic team. The SAAC meets bimonthly to discuss issues that impact Carthage student-athletes at the local, conference, and national levels. Their primary emphasis is to provide leadership opportunities for athletes and teams, while conducting service and community programs on and off campus.
From the Carthage Student Athlete Advisory Committee, one female and one male are chosen by the students to receive the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Merle Chapman Leadership Award. This award recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership at the campus and conference levels.
In addition to its regular degree programs, Carthage offers coordinated dual-degree programs in engineering and occupational therapy.
Engineering students attend Carthage for three years and, upon successful completion of the required courses listed below with certain GPA conditions, are assured admission to a partnering engineering school for completion of the final four to five semesters of what is typically a five-year program. Upon graduation from the engineering school, students receive the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Carthage and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree from the engineering school. The partnering engineering school is Case Western Reserve University: Case School of Engineering.
While at Carthage, engineering students must major in one of the natural sciences, mathematics, or computer science. Required courses for admission to the partner engineering school are:
Chemistry 1010, 1020
Computer Science 1810
Mathematics 1120, 1220, 2020, 2120
Physics 2200, 2210
Acceptance into the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University is contingent on both a three-year Carthage GPA of at least 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in the above required courses.
Students interested in the dual-degree program with Washington University in St. Louis attend Carthage for three years and, upon successful completion of Carthage’s degree requirements for graduation and Washington University’s prerequisites, apply for admission by Jan. 31 to the program in occupational therapy at Washington University. Washington University is the final determinant of admission to the program.
Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree from Washington University. At Carthage, students must major in either biology or psychological science, and must complete six prerequisite courses for admission to the occupational therapy program at Washington University, including BIO 3300 Human Anatomical Systems, BIO 3310 Systemic Physiology, PYC 2850 Child and Adolescent Development, PYC 3500 Abnormal Psychology, an additional Social Science course such as PYC 2200 Social Psychology or PYC 3850 Adult Development, and MTH 1050 Elementary Statistics. A grade of B or better is required for each. Proficiency in medical terminology and computer competency is expected.
Applicants interested in occupational therapy programs at schools other than Washington University should examine the current catalog of the appropriate school to determine specific admission requirements.
Carthage has an agreement with Marquette University that allows students to enroll at Marquette for aerospace studies courses offered by the Air Force ROTC program.
The Carthage transcript lists all courses and grades earned by the students in these courses.
AFROTC is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of aerospace studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies). College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as “cadets”) who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force. The AFROTC program is currently offered at Marquette University, but it has a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants. For more information on AFROTC course descriptions, please review bulletin.marquette.edu/undergrad/helenwayklinglercollegeofartsandsciences/reserveofficers_trainingcorps/airforceaerospacestudies_afas/. For more information on the AFROTC program, please review www.marquette.edu/rotc/airforce/.
In addition, Carthage College awards military credit from an official SMART transcript. Military credits are subject to all college-wide transfer policies. Students who are able to present a DD214 form proving 1 year of active duty are awarded credits that satisfy the EXS 0010 and Lifetime Fitness requirement (2 cr.) and 4 general elective credits.