Elliot Culp

Class Year

’13

Hometown

Rochester, Minn.

Major(s)

Religion

Minor(s)

History

Elliot Culp came to Carthage intending to major in International Political Economy. Now the Carthage senior is majoring in religion, with a minor in history.

His future plans may have changed, but his new course is well defined: “I am going to join the military as a linguist, then go on to do a program at the University of Minnesota for the Peace Corps and get a master’s degree in public policy, followed by working for the state as a translator or diplomat,” Elliot said.

Carthage has prepared him for the future by nurturing his love of languages, he said. “I took German at Carthage, while starting Turkish, Serbian, and relearning Spanish.”

His religion major also allowed him to take full advantage of Carthage’s liberal arts tradition. “I have gotten to know so many people and have come to the realization that we all want the same things: sustenance, shelter, safety, and to feel cared about,” he said.

Elliot particularly likes the Religion Department’s small size and the many different views and perspectives students bring to class. “It’s a great group and you can openly exchange ideas.” 

He has traveled abroad for study twice. He traveled to Southwestern Turkey for the J-Term course Divine Design. Recently, he traveled to Omrit, Israel, for the College’s archaeology study tour with Prof. Daniel Schowalter. “This gave me the opportunity to work every day, learn, and have fun,” Elliot said. “We got to travel around Palestine and the Golan Heights. The Hula Valley, where the site is located, is magnificent in both archaeological material and beauty.” 

After the Omrit trip, Elliot stayed in the Middle East, traveling to Jerusalem and Turkey. In Turkey, he participated in an international research program at the Crisler Library. “I made friends that I will have for the rest of my life,” he said. 

“Every professor I have had has, in one way or another, contributed to who I am now.”

Elliot Culp, ’13

Career goal

“To join the military as a linguist, then go on to do a program at the University of Minnesota for the Peace Corps and get a master’s degree in public policy, followed by working for the state as a translator or diplomat.”

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

“It was a community effort to get me to where I am now. Every professor I have had has, in one way or another, contributed to who I am now.”

Favorite class

“Medical Ethnobotany, Islamic Mysticism, or Divine Design.”

Campus involvement

“I am vice president of Quidditch Club, a senior reporter for The Current, a Religion Fellow, a member of Merely Players, and a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Club.”

Toughest class

“Philosophical Foundations of Political Economics.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“It has gone by so quickly. It feels as though I blinked and then I was done. I loved all of it.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus? Early in the morning at Einstein’s by the windows. The view is spectacular.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I ended up being a religion major, after beginning as an IPE major.”

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

“Keep your mind open and study different perspectives.”