All Carthage students are required to one Intellectual Foundations course, typically taken during the fall or spring semester of their freshman year. Scroll down to read the description of the Intellectual Foundations seminar, or click on the following links for additional resources.
In Intellectual Foundations, students sample great works of literature, sacred writing, philosophy, and more. The variety of material and of authors reflects the variety of ways humans have begun to seek knowledge of the world and tried to explain it. Students have the opportunity to read some of the greatest works ever written and to get a sense of the approaches thinkers have taken to capturing human experiences and responding to human concerns. While engaging these works, students see what it takes to read challenging material with care and comprehension, and they learn the rewards of thinking about that material and expressing their thoughts on it.