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Continuing Studies

Enrichment Courses

Spring 2018 Schedule

Click on course title below for description and class times.


Sign Language Made Easy ‒ 2 credits

ENR 0142 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0142 02 — Use for graduate credit

This is a course for beginners or for individuals wanting to refresh what they have learned in the past.  It is a course set up to learn the basics, but also be able to have a simple conversation with someone.  You will learn conversational words as well as a wide vocabulary to help you. There will be an opportunity in class to use the skills to entertain, plus a field trip to use your skills.

  • Appropriate for: Teachers, social workers, principals, educational assistants, parents, general public
  • Instructor: Kathleen Sura
  • Dates:
    Wednsdays, March 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9 — 5-8 p.m.
  • Room: Clausen Center 204

Google Classroom — 1 credit

ENR 0163 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0163 02— Use for graduate credit

Would you like to save time, be more organized, and improve communication between you and your students?  Would you like to be able to do all of this using the same application?  Educators can use Google Classroom to create assignments, conduct class discussions, distribute course materials, and send announcements.  All materials can be automatically filed into the students’ Google Drive, so there is no uploading or downloading of materials necessary.  Students can also share resources and collaborate with others through Google Classroom.  Google Classroom also allows educators to view what their students are working on in “real time” and provide feedback and grades.  It is not necessary for your school to be a “Google School” in order to take this course, however, Google does not allow you to use Google Classroom with your students unless your school has signed up for a free G Suite for Education Account.

Computers will be provided, but you can bring your own device if you prefer.  If you are using your own device, please make sure you have successfully logged in to the Carthage portal before the first class session so you will be able to log in to the College’s wireless network.  Registration will end on Wednesday, March 28.

  • Appropriate for: Educators, counselors, school staff, administrators
  • Instructor: Maggie Meeks-Bosanko
  • Dates:
    Thursdays, April, 5, 12, 19 — 5-8:30 p.m.
  • Room: Straz Center 251

Wisconsin Underground Railroad — 1 credit

ENR 0168 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0168 02 — Use for graduate credit

Would you like to learn about courageous people and visit authentic spaces and places that were a part of the Wisconsin Underground Railroad (UGRR)?  Learn about two special passengers on the UGRR.  Compare and contrast Wisconsin’s social justice position and laws.  And if weather permits, we are going to learn about the UGRR’s impact on the North and the South through visits to various local historical sites in the Racine area, which may include the U.S. Racine Heritage Museum, the Racine Presbyterian Church, Pruitt Law Office, Racine Monument Square, and the Lake Michigan Historical markers.  Several sites welcome donations.

  • Appropriate for: 5th-12th grade teachers
  • Instructor: Andrea Bell-Myers
  • Dates:
    Friday, April 13 — 5-8 p.m.
    Saturday, April 14 — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (working lunch)
  • Room: Clausen Center 108

Understanding Body Language — 2 credits

ENR 0020 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0020 02 — Use for graduate credit

This course will offer insight into the art of reading and understanding body language.  Throughout this course we will explore how body language reveals emotions and thoughts, motivating students through body language communication, using body language to stimulate student involvement in your subject area, how to diffuse anger during conflict, using body language to influence and build positive student and adult relationships, enhancing motivational skills and communication, and understanding personality styles.

  • Appropriate for: Teachers, social workers, school counselors, parents, general public
  • Instructor: Dave Schani
  • Dates:
    Fridays, May 4, 11 — 5-8 p.m.
    Saturdays, May 5, 12  — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (working lunch)
  • Room: Lentz Hall 231
  • 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 wins, 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 …