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English students at Carthage have many opportunities to win scholarships, hold internships, study abroad, exercise their writing skills, and attend literary programs and performances.


J-Term study tour "An Ecological and Cultural Writing Tour of Puerto Rico."

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. Recent study tours offered by the English Department include An Ecological and Cultural Writing Tour of Puerto Rico. Recent on-campus courses include “Walking, Writing, Winter,” a poetry course that combines creative writing and winter walks through Kenosha’s January landscape; and Literature In Its Time II: “Victorians Gone Wild,” a course that examines science writing and fictions about science in 19th century British literature. 

Stratford Festival

A statue at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.A statue at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.See up to five Shakespearean plays at the internationally recognized Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. The English Department leads students and faculty from multiple academic disciplines to the festival every fall.

Creative Writing Emphasis or Minor

Regardless of your major, hone your writing skills in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. You’ll work closely with faculty and visiting professional writers, with opportunities to publish your original work.

Awards and Scholarships

The English Department awards several scholarships each year to recognize and support students who have done outstanding academic and creative work. Scholarships include: The Altera Scholarship, The Chapin-Tague and Juanita Jones Awards in Creative Writing (given each year in prose and poetry), The Dawe Scholarship, The Shakespeare Festival Award, The Tolleson Scholarship and The Vorpahl Scholarship. The department also offers departmental fellowships, among other honors.

Sigma Tau Delta Honors Fraternity

Sigma Tau Delta is the national English Honorary Fraternity. The Carthage chapter meets to promote and involve members in literature, poetry, and theatre. With more than 600 chapters nationwide and more than 7,000 active members, Sigma Tau Delta is a wonderful way to become more involved in the Carthage community and make connections with scholars across the nation.

Teaching English

Many Carthage English majors plan to teach in elementary, middle, or high school. Students who want to teach English to grades 6-12 must complete a major in English and a minor in early adolescence and adolescence education. Students who want to teach English to grades 1-9 must complete an English minor in addition to their education major. The Carthage English Department works closely with both groups of education students to ensure they meet the requirements for their career goals.

Visiting Writers Series

Exchange ideas with acclaimed writers through the Visiting Writers Series. Curated by writer-in-residence Richard Meier, the series has welcomed more than a dozen authors and poets, including Anne Waldman, Danielle Evans, David Trinidad, Kate Greenstreet, Duriel Harris, Padma Viswanathan, Geoffrey Brock, Lisa Fishman, Julie Carr, Jared Stanley, Catherine Theis, and Eileen Myles. Look for announcements on email and flyers around campus for times and places of future events.

Carthage Writing Center

A Writing Fellow reviews a students' paper in the Writing Center.A Writing Fellow reviews a students' paper in the Writing Center.The Carthage Writing Center, staffed by student writing fellows, is a free resource available to all members of the Carthage community. Whether you need help figuring out what to write about, formulating a thesis statement, organizing your thoughts, or polishing your final draft, the Writing Center can help. The Center tutors students from all majors, at all levels of ability and any stage of the writing process.


There are many internships available for English majors, and faculty offer assistance to students seeking internship opportunities.

Student Organizations: Writing, Reading and More

Carthage English majors can hone their writing and critical reading skills in any number of organizations on campus. Students interested in creative writing can join Poetry Underground or Centrique, Carthage’s creative arts journal. Students interested in journalism can join the student newspaper, The Current, or yearbook.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), 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 The Aspire Center.

    • 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 ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. 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 marketing 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 $25,000 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 Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, 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 130 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 in the Top 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 …