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.
For example, a classics professor may team up with a sociology professor to teach a class on race and gender in the ancient world. Or a business professor may team up with a physics professor to teach a class on the elements of technology-based business.
The Carthage Symposium presents diverse ways of learning about and understanding the world, models effective navigation of boundaries and academic discourse, and opens up avenues to innovative problem-solving. Students make connections between disciplines, complementing Carthage’s liberal arts core curriculum.
Examples of Recent Carthage Symposia
- Elements of Technology-Based Business Careers — taught by Physics and Astronomy Prof. Doug Arion and Business Prof. Thomas Groleau
- Aquatic Ecology and Hydrology — taught by Biology Prof. Scott Hegrenes and Geography and Earth Science Prof. Matt Zorn
- Focusing on Nature: Investigating Biodiversity and Conservation with Digital Photography — taught by Biology Professor Dana Garrigan and Communication and Digital Media Prof. Laura Huaracha
- Roots of African-American Religion and Art — taught by Art Prof. Anne Cassidy and Religion Prof. David Musa
All Carthage students must successfully complete at least one Carthage Symposium, typically taken during the sophomore or junior year. The Carthage Symposium requirement can be satisfied by either one course (4 credits) or a set of two linked courses (usually 8 credits) that provide an interdisciplinary learning experience. All Symposia are completed within one academic term.