You will need 138 credits to graduate from Carthage — but that’s just a number. Earning a degree from Carthage is about much more than checking off a list of requirements.
Earning a degree from Carthage is about receiving individual attention from professors at the top of their fields, in classes that may have just a handful of other students. It’s about tackling topics from new directions — and in new places, through offerings like the Carthage Symposium and January Term.
It’s about studying the cultural foundations upon which societies are built, through Western Heritage and Global Heritage seminars. It’s about learning to solve problems by conducting your own original research and analysis, and then communicating your findings to others.
It’s about transforming from a good student into a great scholar.
At Carthage, our immersive academic and professional experiences will equip you with the tools you need. Unique programs like J-Term and the required senior thesis will arm you with specific, distinctive skills sets vital to any future career.
A Carthage education does more than launch your career. It helps you discover who you are, what you are meant to do, and how you can work for the greater good.
It can be tough to choose a single path when you’re passionate about more than one area of study. So don’t. Many Carthage students choose to double-major in diverse subject areas, add a minor in a complementary field, and use extracurricular activities to explore new interests.
“While at Carthage, I made every effort to combine art and science, and I continued this effort after I graduated,” says Christina Laur-Nuernberger ’09. After earning a degree in music from Carthage, she went on to graduate school and is now a speech-language pathologist and voice specialist in Denver, Colorado.
“My experience at Carthage prepared me to be a strong, methodical thinker. I learned that an education — and eventually, a career — is about much more than simply learning material. It is about integrating ideas and problem solving. At Carthage, I was allowed to make mistakes in a safe environment, which in turn made me open to change, new ideas, and hard work.
“My time at Carthage instilled in me the most important lesson: It doesn’t have to be an ‘either/or’ decision. You really can do what you love.”