Rachel Harrison

Class Year



Kenosha, Wis.


Criminal Justice


Political Science, Sociology

Rachel Harrison decided she wanted to attend Carthage after attending a Youth Options program at Carthage during her senior year of high school. Fortunately, Rachel also received a full tuition scholarship. At Carthage, Rachel studies criminal justice, something she has always been interested in. She is also minoring in political science and sociology.

Rachel decided to study criminal justice because there are so many possibilities after graduation, including law, law enforcement, corrections, and different bureaus like the FBI. “I think that having a degree that can lead to so many possibilities is very beneficial,” Rachel said.

Within the Criminal Justice Program there are many different tracks that students can take. “Once I got to Carthage, I figured out that I wanted to go into the legal aspect of the criminal justice field, and that is why I am doing the pre-law track within the Criminal Justice Program,” she added.

Rachel also finds many strengths within Carthage’s Criminal Justice program. “The Criminal Justice Program offers a variety of courses on different topics, and there are always plenty of courses available throughout the year,” she said.

Some of her favorite moments at Carthage have been getting to know all the professors. “They have all helped me in so many ways, and I am very grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had within the Criminal Justice Program.”

Another fun experience has been being part of the Mock Trial Team. This is Rachel’s second year. “Last year, which was my first year, we made it to the national competition, which was a very rewarding experience.”

In addition to being part of the Mock Trial Team, Rachel is also co-president of Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity at Carthage, and she is a member of the Honors Program. Rachel also is getting great experience by working for three law firms in the surrounding area. She is hoping to get an internship with a judge through the Kenosha Court House in spring of 2011.

After graduating from Carthage College, Rachel plans to attend Marquette University Law School to get her Juris Doctorate. She would also like to become a practicing attorney.

“There are a lot of internships and opportunities through the Criminal Justice Program.”

Rachel Harrison, ’12

Career goal

“My goal is to go on to law school after Carthage and then become a practicing attorney one day.”

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

“I have had Rick Matthews for several classes, and he is a great professor. He makes learning fun and enjoyable by doing group activities, discussions, and he’s even had some guest speakers come in.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class that I’ve taken is Mock Trial. Being part of the Mock Trial Team has been a great experience and helped me understand how the legal system functions through the eyes of lawyers.”

Toughest class

“So far, Constitutional Law has been challenging. Studying the law through the constitutional standpoint is somewhat tricky and takes a lot of patience!”

Favorite spot on campus

“I would have to say anywhere that has a relaxing view of the lake!”

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

“My advice would be to get involved within the program. There are a lot of internships and opportunities through the Criminal Justice Program, whether you are going for law or law enforcement. Get to know the professors, also. They are always willing to help, and they can get you on the right track to accomplishing your goals.