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Clubs and Organizations

Honorary Organizations

The achievements of the Carthage student do not go unrecognized. Carthage hosts a number of campus and national organizations that honor students for academic and other personal achievements.

All-College Honors

Alpha Lambda Delta — Freshman Honors
This national honor society recognizes academic excellence during a student’s first year in college. Its purpose is to encourage superior academic achievement, to promote a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.
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Honors Council
Students in Honors Council serve the local community through service projects and social activities and through input into the curriculum and organization of the Honors Program. Honors Council also serves as a support group for students striving to achieve academic honors while at Carthage. The group spends time volunteering at local events and fundraising through their annual Carnation Sales on Valentine’s Day as well as attending professional theater productions at least once a semester.

NRHH — National Residence Hall Honorary
The Zeta Psi Beta Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) at Carthage operates on a campus, state, regional, and local level. Founded on four pillars of Leadership, Scholastics, Recognition, and Service, the organization aims to serve the campus and community while recognizing all members of the campus that contribute to the College to make the student’s experience here what it is. The organization represents the top 1% of leaders on campus, and combined with all other chapters of NRHH throughout the nation, represent the top 1% of college leaders in America.

Omicron Delta Kappa — Leadership
This leadership honorary recognizes individuals who have displayed high standards in their college and community activities. The group sponsors events that bring together faculty and students on the basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. 

Fine Arts

Alpha Psi Omega — Theatre
Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society is an American recognition honor society recognizing students in collegiate theatre. The Alpha cast (Alpha Psi Omega’s designation for “chapter”) was founded at Fairmont State College (now Fairmont State University) on Aug. 12, 1925, by Professor Paul F. Opp. There are currently 977 casts nationwide. 

Kappa Pi — Art
Kappa Pi is the international art honorary fraternity. Zeta Alpha Psi is the Carthage chapter. The fraternity strives to spread art throughout campus and the community. To be a member, you must be a Studio Art or Art History major or minor, have completed at least 12 credits in the Art Department, maintain a 3.0 GPA in all art classes, and a have a 2.0 GPA overall.

Lambda Kappa — Music
Lambda Kappa is an organization unique to the Carthage College campus and its members are involved in instrumental and vocal ensembles at Carthage. Lambda Kappa presents multiple recitals throughout the year, and ushers any concert or recital in the Music Department. The group participates in a service project each semester to give back to the community, and holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year, ranging from baked goods on campus to the spring Masquerade Ball. 

Lambda Pi Eta — Communication and Digital Media
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) has more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. It became a part of the National Communication Association in 1988, and the association’s official honor society in July 1995. Goals include recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, stimulating interest in the field of communication, promoting and encouraging professional development, providing an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication, establishing and maintaining closer relationships between faculty and students, and exploring options for graduate education in communication studies. Learn more about the Communication and Digital Media Department.


Alpha Mu Gamma — Modern Languages
This is the national honorary foreign language fraternity. The goals are to celebrate the cultural differences of our global society and to honor those who have excelled academically in foreign languages. This is achieved through the sponsoring of campus educational and social events. Their major annual event is National Foreign Language Week. Learn more about the Modern Language Department.

Eta Sigma Phi, Theta Omicron — Latin and Greek
Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate fraternity for students of Latin and/or Greek. The purposes of the fraternity are to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.

Phi Alpha Theta — History
Phi Alpha Theta is a honors fraternity for history students on campus. Membership is based off of a student’s departmental GPA and amount of classes taken within the History Department. It is one of the oldest national academic honors fraternity and has had a chapter at Carthage since the 1960s. Phi Alpha Theta students on campus participate in a wide variety of historical activities each year from speakers, field trips, research projects, and participation in national conferences hosted by the national fraternity. Phi Alpha Theta is a honors fraternity and members retain membership for life.

Sigma Tau Delta — English
The English honor society meets to promote and involve members in literature, poetry, and the theatre. The group also organizes the English major’s Chapbook reading for those students earning an emphasis in creative writing. Membership is based on credit for classes in the English Department and the members’ GPA.

Theta Alpha Kappa — Religion
Theta Alpha Kappa is Carthage’s honors fraternity for religion students.

Natural Sciences

Beta Beta Beta — Biology
This honorary society is for those students who have displayed superior academic achievement in biology. The society aims to cultivate a keen interest in the natural sciences, to stimulate an appreciation for biological research, and to promote scholarship. 

Gamma Nu Sigma — Neuroscience
Gamma Nu Sigma is an academic fraternity open to all students interested in the field of neuroscience or its applications to the related disciplines of biology, chemistry, and psychology. Activities of this organization include trips to local universities to explore graduate programs, social events, and seminars presented to the student body offering information on topics of interest. Involvement in Gamma Nu Sigma promotes academic success and prepares students for entering careers in neuroscience or other related fields.

Nu Rho Psi — Neuroscience
Nu Rho Psi is the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to: (1) encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience; (2) award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship; (3) advance the discipline of neuroscience; (4) encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in neuroscience and related fields; (5) promote career development in neuroscience and related fields; (6) increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society; and (7) encourage service to the community.

Pi Mu Epsilon — Mathematics
This honorary society is for those students who have displayed superior academic achievement in mathematics. The society aims to promote the mathematical and scholarly development of its members.

Sigma Pi Sigma — Physics
Sigma Pi Sigma is the national physics honor society, which elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. Carthage has its own Sigma Pi Sigma chapter. Sigma Pi Sigma membership confers recognition of outstanding scholarship and a record of significant professional achievement. 

Theta Chi Delta — Chemistry
Theta Chi Delta is an honorary chemistry fraternity established at Carthage in March 1926. Theta Chi Delta is part of the Chemistry Club, but also provides services for students who are studying in the field of chemistry. Members of Theta Chi Delta must have a 3.0 grade point average in chemistry after three semesters of chemistry. They must also participate in outreach events to the community every year. Learn more about Chemistry at Carthage.

Social Sciences

Alpha Kappa Delta — Sociology
Alpha Kappa Delta is the International Sociology Honor Society. Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

Alpha Phi Sigma — Criminal Justice
Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. The Carthage College chapter, Xi Beta, adheres to the mission of APS by recognizing outstanding scholarly performance in the criminal justice major.

Iota Iota Iota — Women and Gender Studies
Iota Iota Iota is a National Women’s Studies Honor Society with over 50 chapters nationwide. The Greek letter, iota, was selected for the name to represent the three goddesses Inanna, Ishtar, and Isis. Iota Iota Iota strives to maintain the feminist values central to Women’s Studies and encourage diversity, egalitarianism, and a supportive academic environment for all students.

Omicron Delta Epsilon — Economics
Omicron Delta Epsilon is the honors economics fraternity. The group meets weekly to discuss economic topics from classes that are interesting or confusing to members. The group plans to attend economic forums to further knowledge and gain first-hand exposure to real economic issues and discussions. Once a year, the group hosts a faculty lunch during which students and faculty discuss topics that have not been brought up in the classroom.

Phi Alpha — Social Work
Phi Alpha is a national Social Work Honor Fraternity. The organization’s primary focus is community service, with at least one large service project every semester. By becoming involved, students work to enhance professional relationships while striving for academic excellence. In order to be eligible, students must have a 3.25 GPA and at least two courses in Social Work at Carthage.

Pi Sigma Alpha — Political Science
Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society at Carthage, recognizes superior scholastic ability in the field of political science. Students must have taken a minimum of three political science courses and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and in political science courses. The organization promotes interest and understanding in the subject of government and politics. Pi Sigma Alpha also strives to make its members and the Carthage community better aware of political events and controversies.

Pi Sigma Epsilon — Business Fraternity
This is the only national professional co-ed sales and marketing fraternity. Since 1952 PSE has served more than 50,000 members nationwide. These members have acquired professional skills and gained practical experience through their active involvement in the implementation of projects. The annual National Convention provides opportunities to network and learn. PSE welcomes all majors as every day you are selling yourself and your ideas. Learn more about Business at Carthage.

Psi Chi — Psychology
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology with over a half million lifetime members, for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications (top third of graduating class, at least two psychology classes, and at least in the fourth semester in college). Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Psi Chi offers access to conventions, internships, and grants for research.

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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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    • 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. 

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    • 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.

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