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 IPE students.
Carthage has a chapter of Enactus. Enactus, open to all majors, works throughout the year on projects in six categories: Market Economics, Success Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Business Ethics, and Environmental Sustainability. Enactus encourages active hands-on learning, teamwork, leadership development, communication, enhancement and educational growth. An annual Regional Competition provides the opportunity for every Enactus organization within the region to present what they have achieved throughout the year.
Students who participate in the Mock Trial course become members of the Carthage Mock Trial Team and represent Carthage in the annual American Mock Trial Association Tournament. Students will receive four course credit hours as a part of their general electives. This course is particularly relevant to any student interested in a career in law, criminal justice, politics or debate.
In the course, students study all aspects of trial court procedure and the litigation process. Students develop an understanding of how both criminal and civil trials work and learn about the various roles played by the participants in the trial court process. Students act as witnesses, judges, prosecutors, plaintiff and defense attorneys. Students also work on such important skills as public speaking, critical thinking, negotiation, communication, debating and team building.
IPE majors are often interested in Model UN at Carthage, a student-run organization that seeks to introduce students to the global issues and the inner workings of the United Nations. Students participate in simulations of the Security Council, General Assembly, and Economic and Social Council. Participants travel to conferences and engage in negotiations and debates about global issues that are being discussed by world leaders today. The organization is for students interested in politics, economics, history, philosophy, geography, the natural sciences, the art of persuasion, or just learning more about other cultures. All majors are welcome.
SWAG aims to promote the general welfare of its members, the College and the local community through the use of the bio-psycho-social perspective of the generalist model being taught in the Social Work Department. Activities include fundraisers and service projects to support campus and community activities.
Velocity Consulting is a full-service marketing agency run entirely by Carthage College students. The organization was created in 2010 to give students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in a meaningful way by giving them real-life work experience before leaving college. It is the first organization of its kind in the United States.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Carthage students can volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is a program that has students prepare income taxes for those who need assistance preparing them, but can’t afford professional help. It allows students to learn more about accounting, while also helping out in the Kenosha community.