Exploration & Mentorship
Discover your calling
With so many big decisions to make, the college journey can seem intimidating. At Carthage, you never have to do it alone. Whether you’re picking a major, exploring career fields, or searching for a deeper purpose, Carthage faculty and staff stand ready to guide you.
Underwater exploration: Students scuba dive in Honduras for the J-Term study tour Biodiversity, Brains and Behavior.
Carthage is known for its long relationship with NASA. Carthage students have been selected to do microgravity research aboard NASA’s zero gravity aircraft every year since 2008.
Every Carthage student has three advisors: An academic advisor, a Student Success advisor, and a Career Specialist.
Mathematics professor Sara Jensen is known for her course showing the connection between math and knittiing.
Biology professor Angela Dassow led one of her classes in an unusual dining experience for Halloween: a spread of goodies made with insects.
Students in Carthage’s popular nursing major receive hands-on training in the nursing simulation lab.
At Carthage, students are encouraged to take courses outside of their major, to pursue new passions and possibly add a second major or new minor.
A Sociocultural Journey: This regular J-Term study tour takes students to Namibia.
J-Term in London
J-Term in South Africa: Students get up close with nature while studying economics, business, culture and architecture in South Africa.
A Carthage student studies zebrafish under the guidance of Prof. Andrea Henle.
Summer Research: Students mentored by biology professor Angela Dassow researched gibbon vocalizations as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.
Project-based learning is an important component of many Carthage classes.
The Carthage Advantage
of employers value critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills more than your major.
From conducting NASA research in zero gravity to taking a deep dive in the ocean waters off Honduras, Carthage is all about hands-on exploration. We know students learn best by doing, and we know students find their true calling by exploring.
Room to Grow
Founded in the liberal arts, Carthage College provides a motivating environment that inspires reflection and self-discovery, so you can uncover and ignite your true potential. About a third of your courses will be in your major. Another third will be core courses, common for all majors. Another third will be electives — courses you choose to enhance your major, broaden your expertise, or explore a new interest.
Ready for anything
What are the “liberal arts”? It’s simple. A liberal arts education goes beyond job skills. You’ll gain an expansive cross-section of knowledge and develop the critical thinking and communication skills you’ll need to be able to adapt and thrive throughout your career and life. An education with a liberal arts foundation will make you a better physicist, designer, actor, programmer, police officer, doctor, and teacher. The essential skills you’ll gain from Carthage will help you advance in any career.
Mentors Devoted to Your Success
A full support team of advisors will help you every step of your journey as your academic and career goals take shape. Carthage students often form the strongest bonds with their professors. Small classes ensure personal attention. Still figuring out what direction to take? No problem! Our career specialist for undeclared and exploratory students can show you how to identify your gifts and connect the dots to majors and jobs. The Aspire Program can even pair you with a successful Carthage graduate who’s learned how to get from here to there.
“It’s not enough to be deeply trained in one discipline. You need to be deeply trained in your discipline, but also cross-trained so you can interrogate a problem from multiple points of view.”
— Prof. Kevin Crosby, Executive Director of NASA’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium