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Continuing Studies

The Carthage Advantage

Carthage boasts more than 50 years of experience preparing adult learners for professional careers. Each year, more than 800 busy adults enroll in rigorous degree and certificate programs that enhance their personal and professional lives. See what Carthage has to offer.

Personal Academic Plan


Dedicated AdvisorsKarly Kattenbraker advises a Carthage College student.

At Carthage, you will receive personal academic advising and assistance. Your advisor will work with you to map out your academic plan. You will be able to see when courses are offered, the recommended sequence of courses, and the path to your degree. All advising is available by appointment, during class days, or by scheduled conference calls. 

Flexible Program

Every degree program in the Office of Continuing Studies is built for busy adults like you. For our adult undergraduate students, Carthage offers a year-round academic calendar with fall, winter, spring, and summer terms; students can begin classes at seven entry points each year. The vast majority of our adult undergraduate courses are offered in a seven-week format, combining face-to-face class sessions with online learning opportunities. Transfer students receive credits for appropriate courses taken at other institutions. Other programs offer courses on Saturdays.

Accessible, Passionate Faculty


A professor talks to MSW students during a class at Carthage College.Work with and learn from expert professionals who recognize the unique needs of adult learners.

Our faculty members are caring, accessible outside of class, and dedicated to the success of each student. They are knowledgeable in their specialized areas of practice, offering professional advising and resources for your success.

Of our full-time faculty, 90 percent hold a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in their fields. 

A Traditional College Experience


Adult students study together in the Hedberg library.All Carthage students have full access to our state-of-the-art facilities, including the library, fitness center, and dining facilities — all located within our gorgeous campus on the shore of Lake Michigan. Additionally, adult students can take advantage of an array of collegiate events like speakers, sporting events, performances, art exhibits, and more. 

Hedberg Library

The Hedberg Library at Carthage covers 65,000 square feet and unites traditional print, electronic, and multimedia information resources. Built in 2002, Hedberg Library contains more than 129,000 print and more than 193,000 electronic volumes, as well as a media and technology suite for video and audio production and a 24-hour cyber cafe.
Read more about Hedberg Library

Career Services

Adult undergraduate and graduate students have full access to Career Services, located in Lentz Hall. Career Services staff are available to assist students and alumni with resumes, provide counsel for job advancement, and help with job searches.
Read more about Career Services

Computer Centers

Students have access to PC and Macintosh computer labs located throughout campus. Students also have personal email addresses issued by the College and can access the Internet anywhere on campus. Laptop computers and other technology are available for check-out from the Hedberg Library.

Dining Options

  • Starbucks
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • World of Wings
  • Seattle’s Best Coffee
  • Sub Connection
  • Freshens
  • Baja Fresh Express
  • Red Zone convenience store
  • The Caf

Tutoring and The Writing Center

Carthage provides complimentary individual tutoring assistance to all undergraduate students during the fall and spring terms. Additionally, adult students are encouraged to utilize the free Brainard Writing Center, which has evening hours for adult students. Both the Tutoring and Writing centers are located on the upper level of the Hedberg Library.
Learn more about tutoring and the Writing Center

Evening Hours

Many Carthage offices offer evening hours by appointment. Whether you need to review your degree plan, purchase textbooks, discuss a billing question, or register for classes, you will find the Carthage staff available and willing to assist you at a time that fits your busy schedule.