Wyatt Cooper

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Clinton, Illinois

Major(s)

Political Science and Criminal Justice

As an 8-year-old, Wyatt Cooper wanted to be president of the United States. So it’s not too surprising that he’s now pursuing a degree in political science and criminal justice.

“These majors can definitely lead to many career opportunities,” Wyatt said. He plans to attend law school and become a lawyer. After law school? Maybe he’ll think again about the goal he had when he was 8, he chuckled.

“Carthage was the first and only school I visited,” he recalls from his college search process. “When I arrived on campus for the first time, I knew immediately that this was the perfect school for me.

“You can tell that the professors in the Political Science and Criminal Justice departments really care about their students. The Political Science Department regularly communicates internships and other opportunities to its students through emails and Facebook.”

Since being at Carthage, Wyatt has gone on two J-Term study tours, one to Cuba and one to South Africa. He is also involved in several organizations on campus including Woods and Waters, Pep Band, Phi Alpha Delta, and the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He is also a Student Ambassador, working as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions.

Through it all, he continues to be surprised by how friendly everyone is. “I think we’ve realized that we’re all in this together. It definitely feels like everyone has each other’s back.”

“My favorite classes at Carthage so far have been my two Western Heritage courses. They helped me adapt my writing to a college level, and I enjoyed the intellectual discussion. It was a great ‘transition into college’ course.”

Wyatt Cooper, ’17

Career goal

“After I graduate, I plan to attend law school and become a lawyer.”

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

Professor Roberg has probably had the most profound impact on my life. I’ve taken his Introduction to International Relations (POL 1050) class, and I went to Cuba with him on a J-Term trip. His philosophy of ‘Whoever has the most passport stamps wins’ helped me decide to take a second J-Term study tour. The more countries I visit, the more culture I’m exposed to, and I’m able to more easily understand the people there. It’s better than just reading a book about it. I plan on traveling as much as I can in my lifetime.”

Favorite class

“My favorite classes at Carthage so far have been my two Western Heritage courses. They helped me adapt my writing to a college level, and I enjoyed the intellectual discussion that was facilitated by professors who were also interested in the class. It was a great ‘transition into college’ course.”

Campus involvement

“I’m involved in several things on campus. I’m in Woods and Waters, Pep Band, Phi Alpha Delta, Delta Upsilon, and I’m a Student Ambassador, walking as a tour guide for admissions.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far has been Intro to Environmental Science (ENV 1600). Science has never been my best subject.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel on two J-Term study tours. My first one was to Cuba for a political science and psychology Carthage Symposium credit. We studied the effects of the embargo on the Cuban people. My second study tour was to South Africa for credit in economics. It was amazing to see the differences in these two countries’ cultures and how they live compared to the United States.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment since I started attending Carthage would be my initiation into my fraternity, Delta Upsilon. I was so proud that day. I don’t know what I would do without my brothers.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is definitely the Campbell Student Union. I’m a pretty social person, and I love to do homework there while my friends say ‘hey’ when they walk by.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far has been how friendly everyone is on campus. I think we’ve realized that we’re all in this together. It definitely feels like everyone has each other’s back.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“Well, when I was 8 years old, I wanted to be the President of the United States so I don’t think my 8-year-old self would be completely opposed to a degree in political science. We’ll see how my law career goes. Then maybe I’ll reconsider my 8-year-old self’s goals.”

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

“Some advice I would give to students considering my majors would be that these majors can definitely lead to many career opportunities. Just as a point of information though, if you are looking for a career in politics, a political science degree is not needed. If you’re looking to go into law school, a criminal justice degree isn’t necessary, either.”