Katy Denton

Class Year



Greenwood, Ind.


Studio Art, Social Work

Katy Denton came to Carthage because of its accredited Social Work Department. She knew she wanted to major in social work, and Carthage’s program would help her get through graduate school faster.

Once here, though, Katy quickly found a second passion. She added a second major in studio art.

“Carthage pulled me in,” she said. “Once here, I instantly found my family and everything fell into place. … All the professors are more than inspirational and motivating.”

The Carthage Art Department is small, but has a diverse group of students and faculty. She calls this experience “outstanding”: “Everyone is so supportive of one another that the support you have behind you to succeed can be overwhelming,” she said. 

In addition to her unique combination of majors, Katy has tailored her curricular and co-curricular experiences to be a perfect fit for her current passions and future plans. During her sophomore year, she participated in a four-week study tour to Guatemala. During J-Term 2013, she traveled to Ghana, Africa.

“I absolutely fell in love with the country and its people,” she said. “I experienced a new sense of awe and inspiration from this trip.”

Now she plans to spend an entire semester of her senior year studying in Ghana, and hopes to do her senior social work placement there. 

In the future, Katy would like to combine both of her majors to help women and children affected by domestic violence and alcohol and other drug issues.  

“Carthage pulled me in. Once here, I instantly found my family.”

Katy Denton, ’14

Career goal

To combine her studies in social work and art to help women and children affected by domestic violence and alcohol and other drug issues. 

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“This is a difficult question since I have a favorite professor in each of my majors. Dani Geary has been most influential and inspiring for me as a young social work student. Kim Greene has been most influential and inspiring for me as a young artist.”

Favorite class

“Ceramic Wheel Throwing was perhaps my favorite art class. Social Welfare Policy Analysis was my favorite social work class.”

Campus involvement

“I have dipped my toes into more than my share of organizations on campus.” She is the vice president of Kappa Pi, the art honors fraternity, and co-president of Phi Alpha, the social work honors fraternity. “I am also the second vice president of Pi Delta Chi. In the past I have been heavily involved with Colleges Against Cancer, Social Work Advocacy Club, and Legendary Orientation Leaders.”

Toughest class

“Spanish, by far!”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have created so many Carthage memories; it is difficult to say just one. The snow day from freshman year, Character Quest, late-night hang-outs in the Campbell Student Union, the amazing J-Term trips I have taken, and even the strong winds that try to knock me down while walking to get to class. All of these have made Carthage a lasting memory.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the Caf, all the way. You get to see great people, eat all the food you want, and watch the waves roll in.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The opportunities provided for me have allowed me to grow beyond where I ever thought I would be at this age in my life.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Do it! Art is something that you can take with you anywhere, and it can lead you to new opportunities that you never could have imagined for yourself.”