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. The following organizations are popular with Asian Studies majors.
International Friendship Society (IFS)
IFS brings together international students studying at Carthage with American students in order to encourage cultural exchanges. The organization promotes diversity and cultural awareness on campus by hosting a variety of public events that include international food, music, dance, and more. Its most important event is the annual International Dinner, which raises money for a selected international nonprofit organization.
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.
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 regular Chinese lunches, 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.
The Japanese Club is for students who are interested in Japanese culture. Members play games to practice their Japanese language skills, watch Japanese movies, and take trips to Japanese restaurants.
This is a weekly lunch for students who are studying Japanese, have studied abroad, or are just interested in speaking the language. Students, faculty, and Target Language Experts gather in the Carthage cafeteria.