J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments at Carthage offer innovative courses on campus as well as study tours in other countries. Economics Department faculty regularly lead J-Term study tours abroad. Recent offerings include a Spanish language immersion course in Guatemala, led by economics professor Ed Montanaro, and Economics and Business in South Africa, led by economics professor Yuri Maltsev.
Research and the Senior Thesis
Students have the opportunity to participate in full-time research through Carthage’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. Students selected to participate in SURE spend 10 weeks on campus doing research full time (40 hours per week) with a faculty mentor. Students receive a stipend, on-campus housing, a meal plan, and a research budget.
All SURE students and faculty mentors meet weekly for lunch, during which students present their progress. At the end of the program, students are required to write a project report and display their findings at a poster session for the Carthage community.
Every student who graduates from Carthage with a degree in economics must complete a senior thesis, which is a substantial research work or project. Students work on this senior thesis with a directing professor, and it counts as an economics course (ECN 4400: Senior Seminar and History of Economic Thought).
Scholarships and Awards
The Economics Department offers awards every year to recognize exceptional work by students. The Phyllis A. Wallace Award is a service award for contributions to the Economics Department and campus community. The Senior Award recognizes academic excellence by a senior student.
A.W. Clausen Center for World Business
The A. W. Clausen Center for World Business is both a first-class learning facility and an active presence in the business community. The Center has brought prominent speakers to Carthage, hosted economic seminars and conferences, and is committed to community service through outreach to secondary and primary schools. The facility itself has the handsome appearance of a corporate headquarters, with state-of-the-art technology to help students develop professional presentation skills. Students have their own board room, and classrooms are small to encourage lively group discussion.
Experiential Learning and The Aspire Center
Carthage has launched a comprehensive four-year career preparation program for all students. The Aspire Program™ provides students in all majors with individual career counseling, greater access to internships, and new opportunities to explore career options.