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My Favorite Class

What courses have Carthage students loved most?


POL 2900: Constitutional Law and the Separation of Powers

Two students in a class

“My favorite class to date might be Constitutional Law and the Separation of Powers (POL 2900) with Professor Thomas Powers. It was the first law class I ever took and it was here that I found out just how suited I was to become a lawyer. Not only was I introduced to the process of reading and deciphering case law and court opinions, but also to certain legal doctrines that continue to interest me to this day.”
Samuel Croak ’22, political science and economics major

NSG 2015: Fundamental Core Concepts for Nursing Practice

A nursing student in a lab

“My favorite class thus far was Fundamental Core Concepts for Nursing Practice (NSG 2015) taught by Professor Patricia Flannery. This was my first nursing class and it provided a strong foundation and affirmed that nursing is my calling.” 
— Alice Blake ’22, nursing major

JPN 4070: Advanced Japanese

Students in Japanese class

“My favorite class so far is Advanced Japanese (JPN 4070) with Professor Yan Wang. It has been so satisfying to see the culmination of all my years studying Japanese at Carthage. I can look back on the times in Introductory Japanese where I struggled to put together a basic sentence, and now I am writing a multiple-page report exclusively in Japanese. Being in Advanced Japanese has made me feel that all my efforts have been worth it.”
Mallory Jenkins ’21Japanese major

FIN 3200: Money and Banking

Student in a class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has to be Money and Banking (FIN 3200). I loved this class because it challenged my critical thinkings skills and work with my classmates to succeed.”
Andrew Hauenstein ’22, finance major

MTH 3470: Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers 

A professor in a class

“My favorite class so far has been Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers (MTH 3470). This is a math and upper-level physics elective. I really enjoyed it because I was able to connect math and physics in a meaningful way. My final project used a physics optics application and covered a topic learned in the class called complex numbers. I made a presentation on this and got to teach other non-physics majors about it.”
Rachael Blair ’21, physics major

ECN 3340: Introduction to Econometrics

Two students looking at a computer

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been my Introductions to Econometrics (ECN 3340) class with Professor Ron Cronovich. This class is what made me fall in love with data analysis, and ultimately what inspired me to want to pursue a master’s degree in data science.”
Matthew Krzewinski ’21, economics major

EDU 2570: Fostering Engagement and Positive Behavior in the Classroom 

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“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Fostering Engagement and Positive Behavior in the Classroom (EDU 2570). Professor Nina Weisling is so passionate and organized that it makes me excited and engaged in the class. Each class, I am given some tool or piece of knowledge to keep in my back pocket to use when I am faced with managing a class. I am going to keep all of the resources from this class because I truly know they will be very helpful down the road. It is classes and professors like these that make me feel confident, ready, and excited to become a teacher.”
Julia Kazupski ’23, elementary education and special education major

MGT 3100: Introduction to Business Analytics  

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“My favorite class that I have taken so far at Carthage was Introduction to Business Analytics (MGT 3100) with Professor Dan Nowak. I really enjoyed his style of teaching and the way that he set up his class being a debate-style, presentation-based class. He did a really good job of integrating the business mindset with the opportunity to improve our public speaking skills. Prof. Nowak is a very hands-on teacher and I really enjoyed his class. So much so, that I took his class again the following semester.”
David Budzisz ’23, marketing and management major

CDM 3350: Public Relations Writing

Students writing in a class

Public Relations Writing (CDM 3350) with Professor Colleen Kappeler has been my favorite class. It was one of my first public relations classes at Carthage and by far my favorite. I learned so much right off the bat and the class was structured in a very conversational way, so I loved getting to hear from my peers every class.”
— Breanna Reynold ’21, communication major

PYC 2200: Social Psychology

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“My favorite class is currently Social Psychology (PYC 2200). I really enjoy being in classes that allow for open discussion and interpretation of the material. Yes, some have a solid right or wrong answer, but it is fun to explore how to get to those answers and see how other people’s experiences shape their answers.”
Gianna Trippiedi ’22, neuroscience and psychology major

HIS 1200: Issues in Asian History

Professor Tsen teaching a class

“My favorite class has been Professor Stephen Udry’s Issues in Asian History (HIS 1200). Although I am a Japanese major, I did not know much about history in East Asia prior to this class. Issues in Asian History was eye-opening, thrilling, and should be taken by more people. This class was always interesting and Prof. Udry’s lectures were always entertaining. I have considered taking it again because I liked it so much, it’s seriously that good.”
Danielle Doh ’21, French and Japanese major

REL 1000: Understandings of Religion

A student in a class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Understandings of Religion (REL 1000). I chose this class because it is a requirement here and was something that I was nervous about going into it. By the time I was finished with the class I learned so much more about different cultures including my own.” 
— Matija Simic ’23, Chinese major

ART 3010: Illustration

A student in an art class

Illustration (ART 3010) with Professor Diane Levesque was definitely a favorite class of mine. I loved learning all of the different ways that illustration can be applied and having the opportunity to work on a variety of fun projects. I gained a lot more experience painting and have gained a lot more confidence.”
Elizabeth Ozeg ’20, environmental science and geoscience major

WMG 1100: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

Students in a class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far was Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WMG 1100) with Professor Maribel Morales Martinez. The discussions we had in class were so meaningful and a lot of the time vulnerable. Prof. Morales Martinez is an amazing teacher and she genuinely cares about all of her students.”
Kayla Raye ’22, Chinese and sociology major

J-Term in Madrid, Spain! 

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“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been the J-Term study tour to Madrid, Spain during my freshman year. There, I was challenged to go beyond my comfort zone and grow in my confidence as a Spanish-speaker, speaking Spanish the entire trip. I made great friends, tried new food, and simply enjoyed the experience of using the language to fully experience life as a Madrileña.”
— Allie Ontaneda ’22 , elementary education major

MUS 4101: Piano Literature I 

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“My favorite class at Carthage thus far has been Piano Literature I (MUS 4101) with Professor Wael Farouk. It was incredibly challenging, but the class is an in-depth discussion about piano composers, music history, and individual piano pieces. The class teaches you to synthesize what you know about the composer’s biography, the stylistic norms of the period, and the overall trends of music history to inform your personal performance and assess the performances of others.”
Katiann Nelson ’22, music education major

THR 1110: Introduction to Acting

A theatre production

Introduction to Acting (THR 1110) made me feel capable of getting out of my comfort zone and taught me to not apologize for my presence onstage. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to broaden their acting choices. ”
Rosey Robinson ’22, theatre major

CSC 3530: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modeling

Students using virtual reality goggles

“My favorite class so far was Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modeling (CSC 3530) taught by Professor Mark Mahoney. This was the first semester that this class was offered, but I found it really interesting to get an inside look into some of the newer technology that looks like magic from the outside. We spent the second half of the semester talking about Machine Learning, which has taken data science to the next level and has allowed data scientists to analyze huge amounts of data. Overall, I felt that I learned a lot in this class and I found it fascinating!”
Bailey Wellen ’21, data science and computer science major

REL 2300: Issues in Living and Dying

 A student in a class

Issues in Living and Dying (REL 2300) with Professor David Duncan was by far my favorite class I took. 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, 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 the death and grief of others.”
Alanna Sullivan ’21, neuroscience major

J-Term: Introduction to Aviation

A student using a flight simulator

Introduction to Aviation has been my favorite class. During my freshman year J-Term, Carthage offered this unique course, which allowed me and my fellow peers to take the initial steps in obtaining a pilot’s license. Professor Walter Smith’s enthusiasm for the subject makes the learning process much easier and enjoyable for all students.”
Levi Latoz ’20, international political economy major 

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), 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 marketing 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 $22,000 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 Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, 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 in the Top 5 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 …