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Continuing Studies


Through part-time evening studies at Carthage, adults can earn a career-enhancing bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is identical to that followed by traditional students and is taught by top Carthage professors.

The general education requirements provide a broad base of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences that will enable students to construct a coherent framework for ongoing intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic growth.

These requirements are designed to develop lifelong competencies, such as critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, problem solving, and the capability to work independently and collaboratively.

To earn a bachelor of arts degree from Carthage, students must successfully complete a minimum of 138 credits (including transfer credits), including:

GNR 0002 Elements of College Learning — 2 credits

This two-credit course is designed to prepare first-time and returning adult students for the expectations and demands of attending Carthage. Topics address the theory and practice of college-level study skills including critical reading and thinking, note-taking, reading rate and preparation, use of Carthage resources, stress management, and time management. Students will apply these techniques directly to their course work as they adjust to their new role as degree-seeking students at Carthage.

Students in the 7-week subprogram must begin their course work with Elements of College Learning and pass the course with a C or above to continue their course work at night, unless they have already taken the course at Carthage in the past and received a C or higher for the course in its current format. Should a student retake the course a second time and still not receive a C or higher, the student will not be permitted to continue. The student may reapply for admission after seven consecutive terms with the recommendation that he or she take courses at a two-year college to build his or her skills during the interim.

Heritage Studies — 12 credits

COR 1100 Western Heritage I  (4 credits)
COR 1110 Western Heritage II (4 credits)
Global Heritage (GH) (4 credits)

Writing Requirements — 8 credits

Writing Intensive (WI) Course in Major (4 credits)
Writing Intensive (WI) Course (4 credits)

Religion — 8 credits

REL 1000 Understandings of Religion (4 credits)
One additional approved REL course (4 credits)

Modern Languages — 8 credits

Two modern language courses in the same language or demonstrated proficiency

Mathematics — 4 credits

Successful completion of a mathematics (MTH) course

Exercise and Sport Science — 2 credits

EXS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness (1 credit)
One lifetime fitness activity (PE) (1 credit)

Carthage Symposium — 4-8 credits

1 team-taught or paired Carthage Symposium (CS) (4 credits)

Senior Project

As part of their majors, all students complete a senior project. Acceptable forms include a senior thesis, laboratory research project, music recital, art exhibit, or other significant and integrative experience appropriate to their major(s).


A maximum of 56 credits may be required in the major, with no more than 40 of these credits within any one department. A student may count a maximum of 56 credits in any one department toward graduation; however, all students must have 82 credits outside their major department for graduation. A transfer student must complete a minimum of 12 credits in the major at Carthage.

Distribution Requirements

Fine Arts (FAR) — 4 credits
Humanities (HUM) — 4 credits
Natural Science (SCI) — 8 credits (one course must be a lab)
Social Science (SOC) — 4 credits

Students who major in a discipline in any of these divisions will be exempt from the distribution requirement in that division.


The minor is a minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 24 credits.