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Academic Divisions

  • Academic Divisions

    Carthage comprises three academic divisions and their respective departments and programs, as outlined below:

    Division of Arts and Humanities

    Art
    Asian Studies
    Classics
    Communication and Digital Media
    English
    Great Ideas
    History
    Modern Languages
    Music
    Philosophy
    Religion
    Theatre
    Women’s and Gender Studies

    Division of Natural and Social Sciences

    Biology
    Chemistry
    Computer Science
    Criminal Justice
    Economics
    Environmental Science
    Geospatial Science
    International Political Economy
    Mathematics
    Neuroscience
    Physics and Astronomy
    Political Science
    Psychological Science
    Sociology

    Division of Professional Studies

    Accounting and Finance
    Athletic Training
    Broad Field Social Science
    Education
    Entrepreneurial Studies in
          the Natural Sciences
    Exercise and Sport Science
    Health
    Management and Marketing
    Nursing
    Social Work

  • Division of Arts and Humanities

    Exploration of the arts and humanities introduces students to intellectual and aesthetic activity as essential dimensions of the human condition. Through scholarly inquiry, artistic creation, and community engagement, the Division of Arts and Humanities cultivates a rich artistic and intellectual community that fosters a respect for diversity and encourages lifelong learning. Students learn to engage critical and creative thinking skills as tools for reflection, expression, and engagement.

    The Division of Arts and Humanities offers three interdisciplinary programs, including majors in Music Theatre, Great Ideas, and Asian Studies, as well as a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. General education courses for nonmajors provide an introduction to creative and critical inquiry, and include survey courses as well as courses in creative application and short-term education abroad.

    Departments in the Division include:

    Art

    • B.A. in Studio Art
    • B.A. in Art History
    • B.A. in Art Education (K-12 licensure)
    • Minors in Studio Art, Art History, History of the Arts

    Classics

    • B.A. in Classical Studies
    • B.A. in Classical Studies with an emphasis in Archaeology
    • B.A. in Classical Foundations
    • Minors in Latin and Classical Studies

    Communication and Digital Media

    • B.A. in Graphic Design
    • B.A. in Communication
    • B.A. in Public Relations
    • Minors in Communication and Public Relations

    English

    • B.A. in English
    • B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing
    • Teacher Education Licensure in English Education (Secondary Education; additional course work required)
    • Minor in English

    History

    • B.A. in History
    • Teacher Education Licensure in History Education (Secondary Education; additional course work required)
    • Minor in History

    Modern Languages

    • B.A. in Chinese
    • B.A. in French
    • B.A. in German
    • B.A. in Japanese
    • B.A. in Spanish
    • Teacher Education Licensure in French Education, German Education, and Spanish Education (Secondary Education; additional course work required)
    • Minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish

    Music

    • B.A. in Music
    • B.A. in Music Education (K-12 licensure in Instrumental/General and Choral/General)
    • B.A. in Music Performance
    • B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music Theatre
    • B.A. in Piano Pedagogy
    • Minor in Music

    Philosophy

    • B.A. in Philosophy
    • Minor in Philosophy

    Religion

    • B.A. in Religion
    • Minor in Religion

    Theatre

    • B.A. in Theatre
    • B.A. in Theatre Education (K-12 licensure)
    • B.A. in Theatre Performance
    • B.A. in Technical Theatre
    • Minors in Theatre, Dance

    Contributions to the General Education Curriculum

    Students seeking to satisfy distribution requirements will find regular offerings of courses with the HUM and FAR designation to meet their general education requirement. These courses are designed to engage students intellectually and creatively in particular areas of the arts and humanities by introducing students to aesthetic activity as an essential dimension of the human condition, of human cultures, and of their own capacities and callings.

    Courses fulfilling the HUM and FAR designation generally fall into two categories:

    • Survey courses designed to cultivate appreciation of the arts and humanities by exposing students to a significant body of literature or area of creative activity within its cultural context
    • Application courses designed to engage students in the direct experience of aesthetic and creative work

    Information on specific general education courses can be found in the catalog pages for each department.

    Experiential Learning Opportunities

    Experiential learning is a core component of a Carthage education and each department in the division supports a range of opportunities. From field placements to internships, performance tours, and excavations, students in the Division of Arts and Humanities engage in experiential learning. Local, regional, and international partnerships provide opportunities for students to translate theory into practice. A flagship program for the College is the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Students who earn a SURE grant are competitively selected to conduct research and creative projects with faculty mentors. Students present their research and creative projects at conferences and events around the world.

    Cocurricular and Extracurricular Learning Opportunities

    Students in the Division of Arts and Humanities develop strong relationships with their faculty mentors, largely through cocurricular and extracurricular learning opportunities. From studio to classroom, students and faculty engage in collaborative projects that help prepare them to be engaged, informed citizens. Over 2,000 students participate in music ensembles, art clubs, theatre productions, poetry readings, and historical enactments.

    From lecture series such as the Hannibal Lectures to our New Play Initiative, the Division provides opportunities for students and community to gather together to engage with the critical questions and creative ideas of our past, present, and future. Our music concerts showcase the creative work of students and faculty alongside world-class invited guest artists. The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art brings established and innovative artists to the Carthage campus, and the annual Graphic Design and Art Department “Art Crawl” showcases the work of our emerging student artists and designers.

  • Division of Natural and Social Sciences

    Degree programs in the Division of Natural and Social Sciences prepare students to be leaders, innovators, and caregivers in a complex and rapidly changing world. Through a curriculum that emphasizes personal attention by faculty mentors, hands-on learning, and early engagement with authentic research, students learn to think independently while working collaboratively to apply modern methods of scientific inquiry to the most pressing questions and challenges of the modern world.

    The division offers 14 degree programs and four dual-degree programs in partnership with other institutions. General education courses provide a survey-level introduction to a topic or disciplinary field for the nonmajor. The division supports nonmajors through more than a dozen regularly offered general education courses. In addition to course and degree-program offerings, the division is home to several active research groups that invite students to expand on course work and contribute to professional disciplinary and cross-disciplinary scholarship.

    Departments in the Division include:

    Biology
    B.A., Minor

    Chemistry
    B.A., B.A. (ACS-certified), Minor

    Computer Science
    B.A., Minor

    Economics
    B.A., Minor

    Geospatial Science
    B.A. in Geoscience
    B.A. in Geographic Information Science
    Minor in Geoscience
    Minor in Geographic Information Science
    Minor in Meteorology and Climatology

    Mathematics
    B.A., Minor

    Physics and Astronomy
    B.A., Minor
    Minor in Meteorology and Climatology

    Political Science
    B.A., Minor

    Psychological Science
    B.A., Minor

    Sociology
    B.A., Minor

    Degree Programs    

    Criminal Justice
    B.A., Minor

    Environmental Science
    B.A.

    International Political Economy
    B.A.

    Neuroscience
    B.A.

    Dual-Degree Programs

    Engineering
    B.A., B.S. Engineering

    Pharmacy
    B.A., Pharm.D.

    Occupational Therapy
    B.A., M.S. O.T./O.T.D.

    Chiropractic
    B.A., D.C.

    Centers and Institutes

    A. W. Clausen Center for World Business
    Carthage Institute of Paleontology
    NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium     

    General Education Courses

    Each department and program within the division offers general education courses supporting the needs of students seeking to satisfy major and distribution requirements in the natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. These courses carry the designations SCI, SOC, MTH, and LAB (for lab-based natural science courses). Information on specific general education courses can be found in the catalog pages for each department and program.

    Experiential Learning

    Experiential learning is a core component of a Carthage education, and each department in the division supports a range of opportunities from field placements and clinical experiences to internships and research programs with national and international partners. A flagship program for the College is the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). SURE students are competitively selected to participate in faculty-led research on campus and around the world. SURE students present their research at regional and national conferences.

    Ongoing experiential learning opportunities within the division include the following:

    Internships:

    • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
    • NASA/WSGC internships in aerospace-related fields (dozens of available internships for STEM students)
    • Shedd Aquarium (through Carthage in Chicago program)

    Clinical and field placements:

    • Aurora Health Care Shadowing Program
    • Fieldwork in Psychology
    • Medical Mission to Nicaragua

    Faculty research programs:

    • Paleontology field research in Montana
    • Microgravity and Space Sciences Program

    National programs and placements:

    • Amgen Scholars
    • NSF REU Program
  • Division of Professional Studies

    The Division of Professional Studies includes those departments with programs leading to professional licensure or certifications. In addition to Carthage’s liberal arts curriculum, these programs provide career-specific education and field experiences to prepare students to meet requirements for successful certification or licensure in a particular career path. Students interested in any of these programs are encouraged to refer to the specific requirements of the program listed under each department, and to work with advising early to ensure all requirements are planned for appropriately.

    Departments in the Division include:

    Accounting and Finance

    • B.A. in Accounting
    • B.A. in Finance
    • Minor in Business Administration

    Education

    • B.A. in Elementary/Middle: Middle Childhood - Early Adolescent (Grades 1-8 licensure)
    • B.A. in Cross-Categorical Special Education (K-12 licensure)
    • Minors in Urban Education, Educational Studies, and Early Adolescence and Adolescence (Grades 6-12 licensure)
    • Master of Education

    Exercise and Sport Science

    • B.A. in Athletic Training
    • B.A. in Physical Education, Sport, and Fitness Instruction (K-12 licensure)
    • Minor in School Health Education

    Management and Marketing

    • B.A. in Management
    • B.A. in Marketing
    • Minor in Business Administration
    • M.S. in Business Design and Innovation

    Nursing

    • B.S.N.

    Social Work

    • B.A. in Social Work

    The Exercise and Sport Science Department is also responsible for the courses all students need to fulfill the Physical Education and Fitness requirement.

    The programs in the Division of Professional Studies are typified by integrating high-impact experiences into the requirements for their majors, such as internships, field and clinical placements, student teaching, and organized community service opportunities. These experiences support and complement course work, provide practical experience in career settings, prepare students for certification exams, and help students build their portfolios and job application packages. In addition, paths to such certifications and licenses require students to meet and maintain standards of academic achievement, such as a minimum GPA, successful field experiences, and the passing of standardized examinations. Advisors and faculty in each of these programs welcome interested students to meet with them early and often to ensure students’ plans are appropriate and their progress is supported.

    A number of extracurricular organizations provide additional opportunities for building skills, resumes, and strong networks of friends and future colleagues:

    • Carthage Association of Nurses (CANS)
    • Social Work Advocacy Group (SWAG)
    • Enactus (formerly Students in Free
      • Enterprise)
    • Velocity Consulting
    • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
    • Finance/Investment Club
    • Carthage Accounting Association
    • Association of Carthage Education
      • Students (ACES)
    • Pi Alpha Honors Fraternity
    • Pi Lambda Theta
    • Pi Sigma Epsilon
    • Pals and Partners
    • Kenosha/Racine Reading Council
  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), 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

    • 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 and 2017, 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. 11 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 …

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