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J-Term at Carthage

2021 Study Tours

Where will you go during J-Term 2021?
Carthage faculty have announced the following study tours for the 2020-21 academic year. Tell us where you’re headed, or about your best J-Term yet.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Carthage has suspended January 2021 travel and canceled January 2021 Study Tours. Faculty leaders are exploring options for rescheduling those tours to Summer 2021. This website will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Please read our FAQs to learn more

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January 2021 Study Tours

The view from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.


J-Term in Paris: A Capital Experience
Prof. Pascal Rollet (modern languages)

* Canceled or postponed due to COVID-19

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Carthage offers a study tour in India during J-Term 2021.


Religion and Society in Modern India
Prof. James Lochtefeld (religion)

* Canceled or postponed due to COVID-19

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Carthage and Nkume Primary School in a classroom.

South Africa

Service Learning in Communities: Nkume Primary School
Prof. Michele Hancock (education)

* Canceled or postponed due to COVID-19

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International Business/Marketing and Cultural Analysis of Sweden
Prof. Joseph Shields (management and marketing)

* Canceled or postponed due to COVID-19

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Carthage will offer a J-Term study tour to Orlando in January 2020.

Orlando, Florida

Decoding Disney: Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality, and Nation
Prof. Jeff Seymour (sociology, criminal justice)
Prof. Dani Geary(social work, women’s and gender studies)

* Canceled or postponed due to COVID-19

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Summer 2021 Study Tours

Photos from the J-Term 2020 study tour Health Care in India.


Health Care in India: Traditional and Non-Traditional Healing
Prof. Margaret Wentzell (biology)

  • Tentative travel dates: May 23-June 7
  • Estimated cost: $2,500

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J-Term 2019: Sports Journalism: Baseball


Sports Journalism: Baseball
Prof. Jon Bruning (communication and digital media)

  • Tentative dates: May 24-June 1
  • Estimated cost: $1,700

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Carthage offers a study tour in Tanzania during J-Term 2018.


Experience Tanzania: Religion, Society, and Culture
Prof. Andrea Ng’weshemi (religion)
Prof. Deborah Masloski (music)

  • Tentative travel dates: May 24-June 8
  • Estimated cost: $3,900

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Carthage will offer a J-Term study tour to Greece in January 2021.


Divine Design: Religion and Archaeology in Greece
Prof. Dan Schowalter (religion and classics)

  • Tentative dates: May 25-June 8
  • Estimated cost: TBD

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2. Honduras


Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior
Prof. Scott Hegrenes (biology)
Prof. Dan Miller (neuroscience)

  • Tentative travel dates: May 26-June 5
  • Estimated cost: TBD

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Carthage offers a study tour to Door County, Wisconsin.

Door County, Wisconsin

Open the Door: A Collision Course in Creativity
Prof. Amy Haines (music)
Prof. Jean Preston (English, Western Heritage)
Prof. Ryan Miller (art)
Prof. Laura Huaracha (communication and digital media)
Prof. Deanna Byrnes (biology)

  • Tentative travel dates: June 1-11
  • Estimated cost: $1,400

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J-Term 2017: Biology and Geography of Nicaragua


Biology and Geography of Nicaragua
Prof. Matt Zorn (geospatial science)
Prof. Scott Hegrenes (biology)

  • Tentative travel dates: June 1-15 and Aug. 9-24
  • Estimated cost: $2,600

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Carthage students in Madrid in January 2019 visiting El palacio real (Spain's Royal Palace).


Spain: Intensive Language Study
Prof. Matt Borden (modern languages)

  • Tentative travel dates: June 5-26
  • Estimated cost: $3,500

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The Carthage Choir performed in concert in Chicago in December 2019.

Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia

Carthage Choir European Study Tour
Prof. Eduardo García-Novelli (music)
Prof. Isabel Rivero-Vilá (modern languages)

  • Tentative travel dates: June 6-23
  • Estimated cost: $1,850

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Carthage will offer a J-Term study tour to Montana in summer 2019.

Carter County, Montana

Field Techniques of Vertebrate Paleontology
Prof. Thomas Carr (biology)

  • Tentative travel dates: July 19-Aug. 8
  • Estimated cost: $1,000

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Tokyo stock photo

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Olympics Study Tour
Prof. Greg Barron (management and marketing)
Prof. Jennifer Madden (management and marketing)
Thomas Kline, vice president for institutional advancement

  • Tentative travel dates: July 21-Aug. 1
  • Estimated cost: $5,500

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Carthage offers a study tour in Mandeure, France, during J-Term 2018.

Mandeure, France

Field Archaeology at Mandeure in Eastern France
Prof. Dan Schowalter (classics, religion)

  • Tentative travel dates: Aug. 3-27
  • Estimated cost: $2,850

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), 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 archaeology 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 $20,000 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 the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, 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 No. 3 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 …