10 classes you didn’t know you could take at Carthage
College is the time to explore all of your interests — and that doesn’t stop at clubs, sports, and activities! At Carthage, you can take classes that you might not have known existed. Whether you want to learn about pirates in the Caribbean, how to fly a plane, or tap dancing, Carthage has you covered. Here is a list of 10 of the coolest classes offered at Carthage.
1. Modern Caribbean: From Pirates to the Cuban Missile Crisis
In Modern Caribbean: From Pirates to the Cuban Missile Crisis, you will study all that the Caribbean region of the world has to offer by taking a close look at pirates, European conquest, revolutions, and political hegemony. You’ll come out of this class with a greater understanding of Caribbean history as well as a broader sense of where it fits into the global stage. This class is for anyone interested in learning about the captivating history of the Caribbean and its place in history!
“Professor Stephanie Mitchell teaches a class on the Caribbean, and the entire first half of the semester is focused on pirates. This was my favorite class because it was the first class that I took by choice that I thought was interesting and loved attending.” — Rebecca Rankins ’19, political science and criminal justice major
2. Understandings of Love
Understandings of Love takes a comprehensive view of understandings, expressions, and failures of love through contemporary experiences and through sacred scriptures in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. Throughout this religion class, you will study the dynamics of romance, intimacy, and disciplined love with the goal of observing the difference between romantic love and intervention to care for another. For anyone looking to learn more about how to show and see love in the world, this class is for you.
3. Applied Dance: Tap I
Applied Dance: Tap I (introduction to tap dance) is for everyone and anyone who wants to expand their horizons and learn a new skill. No experience or knowledge of dance is required to sign up — all you need is a positive attitude and a curiosity for movement. Better yet, Tap I is a physical education (PE) course and can be used to fulfill the general education requirement in a fun and pressure-free space.
“I am in Tap this semester, and even though I had never taken a Tap class in college before, it has got to be one of the highlights of my week. The technical movement challenges, exhilarating tap combos, and lessons on rich tap history make for a thriving, encouraging class community.” — Serena Richardson ’24, undeclared major
4. Elite Deviance
Have you ever wondered how top-level businesses get away with breaking the law? In Elite Deviance, you will have the opportunity to use sociology to answer that question by studying crime at the top level of business and politics. You’ll learn about insider trading, political corruption, and corporate harm on the micro and macro scales. Not only will you get to look at some of the most scandalous crimes at the top levels of the American business system, but you will learn about the results, side effects, and unexpected outcomes in the political, social, and historical context.
5. Emergency Medical Response
Emergency Medical Response is designed to give you the skills necessary to work as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). Emergency Medical Response will give you the practical skills to assist an injured person until more advanced medical help is available. This exercise and sport science class is applicable to everyone, and it will give you the opportunity to become First Responder and CPR certified.
“I have taken a lot of really interesting courses at Carthage, but the coolest was Emergency Medical Response with Professor Jake Dinauer. It is a super fun, hands-on class that gives you the opportunity to become First Responder and CPR certified.” — Hannah Midlock ’22, athletic training major
6. Issues of Living and Dying
Death isn’t something that most students think they will study in college, but Issues of Living and Dying will give you the opportunity to think about death and life in a holistic and logical way. In this class, you will focus on issues such as definitions of death, views of suffering, and the grief process. You’ll be pushed to come to your own conclusion as to how death should be viewed, and you can be assured that you will come out of Issues of Living and Dying with a new perspective on life.
“Issues of Living and Dying with Professor David Duncan was by far my favorite class to take. I took it over J-Term 2019 and spent the semester opening my mind to the morbid, yet important topics of death and the afterlife. It was a tough course, with reading books and writing essays daily. Yet it was worth it for the three-hour discussions in class that Prof. Duncan would conduct. I left the class more grateful for life and more mindful of death and the grief of others.” — Alanna Sulivan ’21, neuroscience major
7. Costume Design
Costume Design is for students interested in learning about theatre from a different perspective — the costume design one! You will get to read and analyze plays through a costume design lens and work on your drawing and rendering skills. You will even have the opportunity to design a project that can be entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s design competition, a competition Carthage has participated in for several years. Read about Carthage’s most recent KCACTF recognitions
“The class environment is phenomenal. The amount of fun we have, the creative expression, and the challenges we are presented with constantly have me excited to go back.” — Joshua Maloney ’20, theatre major
8. Christians and Muslims: Conflict vs. Dialogue
Christians and Muslims: Conflict vs. Dialogue is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the current social dynamics in religion around the world. Throughout this class, you will learn about the history of Christian and Muslim interaction and the lesser-known similarities between the two faiths. Whether you identify as Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or Atheist, the goal of this class is to encourage a broader understanding of the two communities’ current relationships and to facilitate Christian-Muslim dialogue.
9. Introduction to Aviation
Are you interested in aviation? Are you considering obtaining a private pilot license? Introduction to Aviation covers the vast area of flight with an emphasis on airplanes, airspace regulations, and the physiology behind flight. This course is taught by Professor Walter Smith who is a certificated Federal Aviation Administration flight instructor. Prof. Smith will provide an endorsement to take the FAA Private Pilot written exam to anyone who passes the course final exam with the FAA-designated minimum score.
“During my freshman year J-Term, Carthage offered this unique course, Introduction to Aviation, which allowed myself and fellow peers to take the initial steps in obtaining a pilot’s license. Prof. Smith’s enthusiasm for the subject makes the learning process much easier and enjoyable for all students.” — Levi Latoz ’20, international political economy major
10. Wood Sculpture
In Wood Sculpture, you’ll get to use power tools, sculpting tools, and your bare hands to build a sculpture that is purely yours! Learn the different techniques of this art form and use different types of wood to determine your favorite type of sculpting. Get out your hardhats and gloves, and get ready to build your own wood sculpture!