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Graduate and Professional Studies

Adult Undergraduate Studies

By attending class just one night a week, you can make significant progress toward a nationally respected college degree.

Carthage offers an evening undergraduate studies program tailored to the unique needs of adult learners. Classes are offered in a seven-week format, providing flexibility for busy adults, professionals, and returning students.

The evening curriculum is equivalent to the traditional daytime program, providing graduates with a degree from a reputable, nationally ranked, tier one liberal arts institution. Evening students will work with expert faculty throughout their time at Carthage. Many of these same professors teach full-time in the traditional program during the day.

Since 1847, Carthage College has been transforming the lives of our students in significant ways. Whether you are looking to advance your career, gain the skills necessary to change jobs, or enrich your personal life, Carthage is committed to providing a professional and supportive environment that will ensure your success as an adult student.

The Carthage Advantage


Carthage boasts more than 50 years of experience in 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.

Personalized Academic Plan

At the time of admission, you will work closely with a dedicated advisor to map out a personal academic plan. You will be able to see when courses are offered, the recommended sequence of courses, and your path to graduation. We understand that sometimes life events interfere with your plan, so don’t worry; there is flexibility built into the plan to get you back on track to completion.


Start Any Time
Carthage offers a year-round academic calendar (fall, winter, spring, summer terms). Students can begin classes at seven entry points each year.

7-Week Format
The vast majority of courses, including general education, electives, and upper-level courses are offered in the 7-week format. These courses are delivered in an innovative “hybrid” design, combining face-to-face class sessions with online learning opportunities. There are some courses that are not compatible with the 7-week or evening format. These courses will be clearly communicated to you with your personal academic plan, so that you may play ahead.

Individuals with professional or personal commitments may interrupt their studies for a term and resume at their convenience. Your personal academic plan will allow you to plan ahead and stay on track to graduation.

Transfer Credits
Transfer students receive credits for appropriate courses taken at other institutions. With appropriate transfer credit, some students can complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in as few as two years. You will work closely with your dedicated advisor to review the transfer credits and incorporate them into the personal academic plan.


Accessible, Dedicated Faculty
At Carthage, you will work with and learn from expert professors 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. Of the full-time faculty, 90 percent hold a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in their field.

Individual Academic Advisors
Each student has a personal academic advisor who helps select appropriate courses, answers questions, and assists with any college-related need. Advisors are available in the daytime and evening to meet with any student who needs assistance.

The College provides complimentary individual tutoring assistance to all students during the fall and spring terms. Additionally, adult students are encouraged to utilize the resources found within the Writing Center, which has evening hours for adult students.

Evening Hours
Many 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.


Students enrolled in Adult Undergraduate Studies have access to all Carthage facilities including state-of-the art computer labs, Hedberg Library, the Writing Center, Career Services, and the recreational opportunities offered by the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.

Hedberg Library
Hedberg Library is 65,000 square feet and unites traditional print, electronic, and multimedia information resources. Built in 2002, Hedberg Library’s collection 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.

Career Services
Adult Undergraduate Studies students and their families have full access to Career Services, located in the heart of the campus. The Career Services staff is available to assist you with updating résumés, providing counsel for job advancement, helping with a job search, and providing guidance with graduate school selection and application.

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 are available for check-out from Hedberg Library.

Dining Options
Campus dining options include: Starbucks®, Sub Connection®, Einstein Bros.® bagels, Freshëns® smoothies and frozen yogurt, World of Wings®, Baja Fresh®, Seattle’s Best® coffee, the Dining Commons cafeteria, and the Street Corner convenience store.

Family Activities
Carthage offers many activities for families including sports camps, Friday Family Fun Nights in Hedberg Library, athletic events, and other special events throughout the year.


Carthage has been continuously accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1916, when the association became the primary accrediting agency for schools in the Midwest. Additional accreditation or approval has been granted by such agencies as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Financial Aid, Grants, and Scholarships

Carthage is dedicated to making your learning experience as cost effective as possible. Financial aid is available on a year-round basis for part-time adult students. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Planning to explore your range of financial aid options:

Fax: 262-551-5762