ScienceWorks provides students with opportunities to explore and develop skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their careers and to potentially create new enterprises. Students can combine their studies at Carthage with career and business preparation that will enhance their postgraduate success, including job performance, graduate school training, or developing and operating a business.
The ScienceWorks program includes a one-year course sequence, normally completed during the junior year, that covers all aspects of business and careers. During their senior year, students will study and develop full-scale business plans in partnership with a technology business, company, or organization. This mixture of courses, hands-on experience, and advanced project work gives the best training before beginning a career or graduate training.
The program also provides the student with a business plan product that he or she can show to potential employers, making the student more desirable in the job market after graduation and improving the likelihood for advancement. Preparing a full-scale business plan provides students with the skills that will help make them successful in all aspects of their future careers, including financial planning, strategic and operational planning, product and service development, market analysis, and staff and management strategy.
The program integrates a unique combination of skills and knowledge training. The course work emphasizes integration of important skills, such as written and oral communication, graphical presentation, business finance and accounting, management, marketing, legal issues and regulation, intellectual property, and business ethics. In addition, the courses cover characteristics of many types of industries and businesses, and include speakers from local, regional, and national organizations.
The program is offered as a minor, complementing majors across the Carthage curriculum. It requires 20 credits of work.