The Great Ideas program at Carthage builds on another program unique to Carthage called Western Heritage. Western Heritage is a two-course seminar sequence required for all Carthage students. Students usually take Western Heritage I and II during fall and spring semesters of their freshman year. Students who excel and enjoy their Western Heritage seminars may choose to continue this course of study in Great Ideas.
Great Ideas Fellow
Like many academic programs at Carthage, the Great Ideas program hires students to work for the department and assist other majors and minors. One Great Ideas fellow is hired every year.
The Hannibal Lecture series is a popular lecture series held every other Thursday afternoon during the school year. A Carthage professor chooses a current Western Heritage text and delivers a special lecture on that text. Faculty from all fields and disciplines are encouraged to participate. The entire Carthage community is invited to attend. Lectures are followed by a lively, student-led discussion.