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Student Organizations

Carthage has more than 120 student groups and organizations through which students can get involved, explore possible careers, meet other students, work closely with faculty advisors, and perform community service. See a full list of Carthage student organizations.

Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma is the national honorary foreign language fraternity. The society celebrates the cultural differences of our global society and honors those who have excelled academically in foreign languages. This is achieved through the sponsoring of campus educational and social events. Their major annual event is National Foreign Language Week.

Chinese Club

The Chinese Club at Carthage provides a platform for cultural and linguistic immersion while in an English-speaking environment. The club hosts movie nights and calligraphy sessions to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture. There are also Chinese lunches every Friday, where students are able to hold conversations with other students and with faculty members who are fluent in the language. These weekly lunches not only hone linguistic skills; the conversations also go into different aspects of Chinese history or society. Future activities will include trips to Chinatown, where students will come into contact with authentic Chinese gastronomy, and Chinese ways of living and conducting business. The group also participates in the annual International Poetry Festival at Carthage by performing songs and poetry in the Chinese language.

German Club & Language Circle

Stammtisch, the language circle, allows students studying German to gather for conversation, usually over lunch. The German Club holds culture nights with movies and German food, during which everyone speaks German. The club hopes to take a trip to a German opera.

International Friendship Society

IFS brings together U.S. citizens and students from around the world. Members share cultural differences with each other, the College and the community. The group sponsors presentations and special programs for the Carthage community. One of its main goals is to increase cultural awareness on campus.

Japanese Club

The Japanese Club is a student-run organization that hosts meetings and events for students interested in Japan. It provides opportunities for students to further expand their knowledge of Japan and its culture outside of class. But most all, we have fun! We enjoy the time together watching Japanese anime, playing games, learning Japanese songs, and talking about Japan. The club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Todd Wehr Center.

Japanese Lunch Table

The Japanese Lunch Table meets once a week, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Todd Wehr Center. Students chat with each other in Japanese and with professors, TLEs and exchange students from Japan.

Latin/Belly Dance Club

Belly Dance ClubThe Latin/Belly Dance club was created in Spring 2007 after several students expressed interest in learning how to dance Flamenco. Professor Maribel Morales became the advisor and instructor teaching Flamenco and other cultural dances such as Belly Dance. Students have also choreographed and taught dances for the club.

The club’s goal is to learn about cultures through dancing and music, and has contributed to spread cultural diversity throughout Carthage. There are performances every semester. In 2008, they were invited to perform at the Empty Bowls Dinner, a fundraiser for the homeless in Kenosha; at the Make A Wish Foundation Event held at Carthage on Nov. 20, and the International Day celebrated on the same day. This year, they performed at the International Day organized by IFS, and will perform at the next International Dinner. Anyone is welcome to join the dance club; no previous dance experience is required. The Latin/Belly Dance Club meets from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the dance room in TARC.

Mesa Espanola

Mesa Espanola, or Spanish Table, is a weekly lunch for students who are studying Spanish, have studied abroad, or are just interested in speaking the language. Students and faculty gather at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday and 12:15 p.m. every Friday in the Carthage cafeteria. Students can use the Spanish that they are learning, reminisce about studying abroad, or just talk with other students in Spanish. The Spanish Table is run by Professor Ed Montanaro and is open to all.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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 wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 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. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Modern Languages Professor Pascal Rollet writes songs that highlight grammar points in French and Spanish. He uses software to merge synthesized instruments, guitar, and vocals into tunes a college audience can tolerate, and learn from.

    • 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience 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 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 our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. 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 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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. 5 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 …