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The Liberal Arts at Carthage

A Carthage liberal arts education covers an expansive cross‑section of knowledge — not so you can dominate trivia contests, but so you’re agile enough to thrive in a complex, diverse, and fluid society. Besides major-specific knowledge, we cultivate skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication that transform students into lifelong learners.

Hear from alumni: Why the liberal arts matter

Employers value …

Teamwork

Cherie Robinson is a senior human resources manager for Amazon.

Meet Cherie Robinson ’01
Carthage prepared her to lead teams of thousands at Amazon.

Employers value …

Adaptability

Christina Wright Bruff '04 works with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of African Affairs.

Meet Christina Bruff ’04
She’s using her education in her job with the State Department.

Employers value …

Focus

Sean Conley '15

Meet Sean Conley ’15
He’s an hourly trader at a national energy management company.

See how other alumni use their liberal arts education every day



“It’s not enough to be deeply trained in one discipline.
You need to be deeply trained in your discipline, but also cross-trained
so you can interrogate a problem from multiple points of view.”

— Physicist Kevin Crosby, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Face the facts: Myths about the liberal arts

MYTH:

A liberal arts education won’t prepare me for a job.

A graduate receives his diploma from Carthage President Gregory Woodward.

FACT:

95% of Carthage alumni land a job within six months of graduating.

MYTH:

Liberal arts schools are too expensive.

Three students walk down Campus Drive, passing the Science Center.

FACT:

More than 90% of Carthage students receive financial aid.

MYTH:

A liberal arts degree isn’t for STEM fields.

A Carthage student conducts research in a chemistry lab in the new science center.

FACT:

The world’s biggest problems need big thinkers tackling them.


Learn the truth about the liberal arts


95% of Carthage graduates finish in four years, compared to 59% at small private colleges and 38% at public universities.


A student is pictured in a Carthage classroom

Don’t take our word for it … 

From Disney to American Express, some of America’s biggest companies are driven by leaders who majored in things like history, sociology, and interdisciplinary studies.

— Fortune: Seven CEOs with surprising college majors

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
— the late Steve Jobs

“An analysis of 15,000 leaders in 18 countries … made a surprising discovery: Humanities graduates did better than MBAs in a number of areas essential to performing as a leader.”

— Fast Company

“If you teach students one trade, that skill might be obsolete in a few years. But if you teach people how to think and look at lots of information and connect dots — all skills that a classic liberal education gives you — you will thrive.”
— Tech pioneer Vivek Ranadive in Forbes

“The top factor associated with a six-figure salary was not college major but having taken a large share of classes outside one’s major.

— Inside Higher Ed

“Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Texas, software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.
— George Anders in Forbes


Read what experts say about the value of a liberal arts education