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Clubs and Organizations

Professional Organizations

You’ll learn many skills in the classroom, and the professional organizations at Carthage will give you a chance to apply what you’ve learned. These groups also provide an opportunity to build contacts that will help your job experiences now and after graduation. 

Carthage Accounting Association
The Carthage Accounting Association serves as a professional development and social group for accounting majors at Carthage. Events include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, the annual alumni dinner, social events, campus speakers, and the end-of-the-year picnic.

NAfME — National Association for Music Education
The newly revived Carthage College chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is a club devoted to the professional development of future music educators. Members of NAfME become acquainted with the responsibilities of music educators through discussion and interaction, assist Carthage and the larger community through musical projects during the academic year, and act as ambassadors of the Carthage Music Department. It is a priority of the members of NAfME to become competent and caring educators in the field of music to enrich the lives of students.

Phi Alpha Delta — Pre-Law Fraternity
Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s largest law fraternity. While many law students join PAD during their time in law school, pre-law membership is available while you are an undergraduate. Carthage is one of only three undergraduate colleges in Wisconsin to have a Phi Alpha Delta pre-law chapter. Chapter activities include providing an opportunity for students to meet and share information, organizing the annual lawyer’s forum, engaging in charitable activity, and participating in field trips and other events. PAD’s goal is to help undergraduate students make an informed choice when selecting law as a career, deciding which law school to attend, and in preparing for the rigors of law school. Phi Alpha Delta remains the only law fraternity and the only national legal organization of any kind with a national pre-law program committed to meeting the needs of undergraduate students interested in the law.
National chapter website

Pre-Health Club
Pre-Health club is an organization for students interested in entering a health care related field. Pre-Health club brings in speakers from medical, graduate, veterinary, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physicians assistant, pharmacy, dental, and chiropractic schools that include admissions representatives and previous Carthage students. These talks are geared toward helping students learn about different schools and better understand the admissions process and requirements. Pre-Health Club also brings upper and underclassmen together in order to give underclassmen an opportunity to ask about what courses to take and how to prepare for tests like the MCAT and GRE, and application questions. The club also gives members information about internship and shadowing opportunities.

Pre-Physician’s Assistant Club
Pre- Physician Assistant (PA) Club is focused on making students as prepared for PA school as possible, aiding in as many ways as possible to make their lives after Carthage successful. Currently, PA school is just as difficult as medical school to receive acceptance and therefore, students at Carthage need as many resources, opportunities and academic support as possible. Our goal is to keep this club up and running for as long as possible, growing the list of PA students and alumni working as physician assistant. It will allow communication between undergraduates and professionals in the healthcare field. The resources will continue to grow over the years and hopefully more Pre-PA students from Carthage will be accepted into PA school.

Association of Carthage Education Students (ACES)
ACES is for education majors and minors who wish to become more proficient and prepared for their chosen profession. Together they sponsor professional development activities on campus and educational activities for students from area schools.

Velocity Consulting
Velocity Consulting is the only 100% student-run full service consulting agency in the country. Velocity Consulting provides services in marketing, branding, graphic design, web development, accounting, finance and editing for Kenosha area businesses and non-profit organizations. Velocity Consulting also provides Carthage students the opportunity to gain real life business experience and the potential to build an incredible portfolio.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
For students interested in pursuing occupational therapy.

Athletic Training Club
The goal of the Athletic Training Club is to promote athletic training as a profession while staying connected with current students and graduates of Carthage College.

  • Quick Facts

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • More than 90% 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. More than 90% 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. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing 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 more than 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 students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. 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,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. 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 Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. 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.

    • 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 …