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Student Voices

What’s it like to study political science at Carthage?

Take a look at what these students have to say about majoring in political science at Carthage to learn about the department from their perspective.

  • Shannon Black ’16

    • Majors: Political Science
    • Minors: Religion
    • Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa

    ““I chose Carthage because of its impeccable reputation for developing thinkers.”

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  • Wyatt Cooper ’17

    • Majors: Political Science and Criminal Justice
    • Hometown: Clinton, Illinois

    “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.”

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  • Alleigh Fine ’20

    • Majors: Political Science
    • Minors: Psychology, Women and Gender Studies
    • Hometown: Wentzville, MO

    “Get involved within the department and with other campus organizations. It really makes a difference!”

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  • Brittney Frederick ’17

    • Majors: French, Political Science
    • Minors: Spanish, Sociology
    • Hometown: Plainfield, Ill.

    “I never would have guessed that I would have the chance to lead organizations, explore subjects outside of my major, travel to summits, do research, and meet so many amazing students and professors.”

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  • Kate Haapala ‘13

    • Majors: Political Science
    • Minors: Economics
    • Hometown: Bristol, Wis.

    “Carthage’s focus is continually on the students. The professors are very willing to work one-on-one with students and help them grow as individuals as well as academically.”

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  • Gabriel Hernandez ’20

    • Majors: Political Science
    • Minors: French, Spanish
    • Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin

    “Politics is an entity that affects every aspect of our lives. If you are someone who wants to change the world, then this is the major for you.”

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  • Alexander Karcher ’15

    • Majors: History, Political Science
    • Minors: Spanish
    • Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

    “Carthage has provided me a unique opportunity to become involved in campus as a whole, enabling me to truly become a leader amongst my peers and to improve the overall atmosphere here at Carthage.” 

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  • Cailin Kolk ‘12

    • Majors: Political Science, Communication
    • Minors: French
    • Hometown: Sugar Grove, Ill.

    “I did not expect to gain such great relationships with the faculty and staff at Carthage.”

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  • Jenna Leazott ’18

    • Majors: Political Science, Sociology
    • Minors: Women’s and Gender Studies
    • Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois

    “Dr. Jeff Roberg encourages and pushes me to follow my dreams unwaveringly. He helps guide and advise me when I don’t know what step to take next. He is genuinely the best instructor I have had.”

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  • Owen Myers ’18

    • Majors: Political Science, International Political Economy
    • Minors: Economics
    • Hometown: Monticello, Illinois

    “in March of 2016 while traveling abroad with Model United Nations, we dined on the top of a mountain in central Bogota as the sun set, giving an incredible view of city. After a meal of fine, cheap dining, the bunch of us were gazing across the city as it flickered to night life and I remember being awestruck by the enormity of the opportunity and experiences I have had because of this school.

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  • Rebecca Rankins ’19

    • Majors: Political Science
    • Minors: Criminal Justice
    • Hometown: Winnebago, Illinois

    “If you are considering political science, I urge you to jump right in. PolySci is filled with people who want to help you and want to help the world through politics.”

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  • Megan Smith ‘13

    • Majors: Political Science, History
    • Minors: Criminal Justice
    • Hometown: Anamosa, Iowa

    “I love being involved here and meeting so many great people along the way. Carthage creates a lot of opportunities for leadership, and through those experiences on campus, I’ve definitely become a stronger person.”

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  • Samuel Tomten ’16

    • Majors: History and Political Science
    • Hometown: Janesville, Wisconsin

    “I can’t believe how much I’ve learned, or how many people I’ve met. I’ve re-evaluated almost everything I thought I knew when I was in high school and I love it!”

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  • Dulce Zarinana ’20

    • Majors: Political Science
    • Minors: Spanish, Women and Gender Studies
    • Hometown: Waukegan, Illinois

    “Political science has broadened my perspective of world politics. You learn about things you never thought about and use a lot of critical thinking skills which I think is good for the long run. You also have amazing professors who strive to make sure your understanding the material.”

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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

    • More than 90% 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. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • 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. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing 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 more than 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 students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. 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,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. 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 Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. 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.

    • 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 …