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My Favorite Class

What courses have Carthage students loved most?


NEU 2500: Neuroscience Research Methods and Statistical Analysis

“My favorite class so far has been Neuroscience Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (NEU 2500). This class has exposed me to research that is very hands on. Being able to get this experience so early in my college career really makes me excited for the future and makes me feel like I have an advantage.”
Allie Wesel ’20, neuroscience major

EDU 1010: Education and Society

“My favorite class so far has to be Education and Society (EDU 1010). The subject provokes intriguing conversations and debates and the professor, Dr. Karin Sconzert, really cares for her students. Everyone is involved and nobody ever feels left out.”
— Jane Eckles ’19, English major

MUS 1020: Aural Skills I

“My favorite class so far has been Aural Skills I (MUS 1020). I feel like I’m learning so much about music all at once. It’s a challenge, but I feel like it’s a challenge that will help me in the long run.”
Justice Good ’18, theatre and music theatre major

BIO 2400: Genetics

“My favorite class at Carthage thus far has been Genetics (BIO 2400), a course I took in my sophomore year. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the application aspects of my prior classes and the challenges this course posed, such as the oral exam. This course inspired me to pursue genetics and to continue onto graduate school because I continually want to learn more.”
Cara Hull ’19, biology major

THR 2110: Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting (For Majors and Minors)

Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting (For Majors and Minors) (THR 2110) with Professor John Maclay. Prof. Maclay is an honest teacher who is supportive and critical of the most natural to most nervous performance. He cares about honest theatre, and he puts a lot of humor into the teaching process.”
Will Berglund ’20music theatre major

J-Term: Application Programming of Excel

Application Programming of Excel; it was a class I took for J-Term and I really enjoyed it. I thought it would be excel work, like the excel certification or something like that, but instead it was computer coding in VBA language. I had the opportunity to create code to make some really cool things on excel! Some of that I hope to take with me and use later on in my career. I even made a program that could sort athletes by time in their events by pushing a button. It was very cool stuff!”
Suneed Ahmed ’19, exercise and sports science major

CDM 1200: Public Speaking 

Favorite Class: Public Speaking
Public Speaking (CDM 1200) is not a course that is required for students but it’s a course that I think can greatly benefit any student. I became more poised in my speaking and came out of the course more confident in my ability to express my ideas both thoughtfully and effectively. This course helped me to win an internship over the summer because of the tips and methods I learned and practiced that developed my public speaking skills so thoroughly.”
Renee’ Jalbert ’19, biology major

J-Term: Nursing Concepts 

Nursing Lab
“Though it was only a J-Term class, Nursing Concepts was insightful and gave all of the nursing majors an idea of what it really means to be a nurse.”
Declan Weaver ’20, nursing major

COR 1100: Western Heritage

Western Heritage (COR 1100) has to be my favorite class at Carthage. Just like everyone else, I hated the fact that I had to take it. However, as the semester went by, I realized that I was truly passionate about philosophy, and I met some of my favorite people in Western Heritage.”
— Charles Gallagher ’19computer science and philosophy major

BIO 2400: Genetics

Genetics (BIO 2400) has been my favorite class. I acquired so much knowledge during that semester and it taught me amazing study habits. It honestly was so interesting to learn about the biological development of life and how interdependent all organisms are upon one another.”
Sean Hughes ’19, biology major

CDM 1000: Communication Survey

Communication Survey (CDM 1000) was my favorite class so far because I was able create and design many different projects. I designed a logo for Professor Julio Rivera at Carthage and created a campaign with group members as well! These projects were long and required hard work, but I ended up creating things that I had no clue were within my level of work. This class always motivated me to learn more, ask questions, and keep designing. I had the opportunity to present my sexual assault awareness campaign that I created with my Communication Survey group. After presenting this campaign, it was used by an on campus fraternity to promote awareness and make a difference.”
Brittany Lee ’21graphic design major

ENG 2010: American Literary Traditions

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been American Literary Traditions (ENG 2010), due to the class’s content, my professor, and the relationship between all of the students in the class. I was always so eager to go to that class. Every class period provided a unique learning experience. My professor, Shannon Brennan, was very enthusiastic about the class, and her excitement during our discussions made the students more interested in the subject. This class, in particular, helped me to grow as a reader, writer, and thinker.”
— Miranda Paikowski ’20English and French major

J-Term in Sweden!

Favorite Class: J-Term Sweden
“The greatest opportunity I have had so far has been my international business J-Term study tour to Sweden this past January. We gained great insights from about eight different companies that we visited, meeting their CEOs and presidents, and learning what it takes to have their kind of success. I highly recommend this trip for any major, but the business aspect is truly incredible.”
Chelsea Niemuth ’18, finance and marketing major

POL 2910: Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (POL 2910). I really enjoyed learning the actual literature of civil rights and discovering how, through law, we’ve gotten to the point we are today in America with rights and liberties.”
Rebecca Rankins ’19political science major

J-Term: ART 1050: Color Theory 

Favorite Courses
“Professor Marilyn Propp’s Color Theory (ART 1050) has been my favorite class at Carthage because it relaxed me after a stressful semester. Because I would be entering another tough semester, I needed something to help me de-stress. I learned a lot about the different ways colors can be combined, how each palette could symbolize an element, and the meaning of different terms. I would definitely recommend it to be a 15-week class.”
— Gladys Montoya ’19, mathematics major

HIS 3990: Historiography 

Historiography (HIS 3990) with John Leazer was my favorite class. It was the first class I took where all 13 students in it were either history majors or minors. We laughed a lot but also learned an incredible amount. We really did become like a little family by the end of the semester.”
Hailey Morgan ’18, history major

ENG 3090: Literature of Diversity (Symposium)

“My favorite class at Carthage is by far Literature of Diversity: African American Literature & Womanist Theory (ENG 3090) with Dr. Danielle Geary and Dr. Pamela Smiley. It’s challenging in all the right ways. Having Professor Smiley teach the literary components and Professor Geary teaching the gender studies and concepts side is so beneficial as a symposium.”
Kitara Harsh ’20, criminal justice major

BIO 1051: Phage Hunters II

“My favorite class at Carthage would be Phage Hunters II (BIO 1051). I took this course Spring semester my freshman year. In Phage II, we annotated two bacteriophage genomes and completed independent bioinformatic research projects. We also learned more about bacteriophage and bioinformatics in general. After isolating the phage a semester prior, it was interesting to see what the viral genomes encoded. The majority of genes identified had corresponding proteins found in other phage. However, some were novel. I enjoyed this course because it involved a lot of group work and piecing together the genome was similar to piecing together a puzzle. Additionally, Phage Hunters II was my first experience with bioinformatics and research involving viral proteins. This course furthered my interest in phage and the effects of viral proteins on cell mechanisms.”
Meredyth Wenta ’18, biology major

DNC 2070: Choreography and Repertory

Favorite Class: Dance“I think my favorite class at Carthage so far would have to be my Choreography and Repertory (DNC 2070) class, which was required for my dance minor. It really improved my understanding of how to teach dance to others more clearly. It also provided me with information I could use within my own choreography. My professor slowly provided us with information and after, we would create little pieces to test the concepts on. The end of class final was a solo piece we had to create. I thoroughly enjoyed creating my piece and was very proud and confident of what I had finished at the end.”
Caitlin Reynolds ’18elementary education major

THR 2950: Play Production V: Advanced Makeup Techniques 
THR 2960: Play Production VI: Draping and Patternmaking 

Favorite Courses“My favorite classes so far are my advanced makeup class and costume design class, both of which I am currently taking. Both of these classes are all about two of my favorite aspects of theatre and are the classes I need to boost my skills and get help to do everything correctly and in the best way possible.”
Latora Lezotte ’20theatre major with an emphasis in costume design 

  • 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 …