MYTH NO. 1
A liberal arts education won’t prepare me for a job.
“Liberal arts degrees are great — if you’re REALLY good at making those flower designs in coffee.”
IN FACT: Carthage College graduates are doing far more than brewing coffee: 96 percent of Carthage alumni report that they’ve landed a satisfying career position or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduating. So in 180 days, our students go from being students to becoming the leaders of tomorrow.
That’s not to say coffee art isn’t cool, but that can be learned in a minute.
MYTH NO. 2
Liberal arts schools don’t offer athletic opportunities.
“So, uh, I want to play basketball, not sit under a tree and talk about Shakespeare.”
IN FACT: A third of Carthage students are involved with varsity intercollegiate athletics and another third participate in club or intramural sports. So that person sitting under a tree discussing “The Tempest” could have had a game-winning three the night before or could be playing in an NCAA tournament next weekend.
Watch a video about Carthage Athletics
MYTH NO. 3
A liberal arts degree doesn’t agree with me politically.
“Liberal? I don’t really agree with their politics.”
IN FACT: Want Ronald Reagan put on our currency? You’re welcome here. Think that Barack Obama should be put on Mount Rushmore? You’re welcome here. Anarchist? You’re welcome here. Communist? You’re welcome here. Left, right, up, down, in between. You’re welcome here.
The word “liberal” in the liberal arts context means that instead of a closed focus on one subject, students can learn things from a variety of subjects.
Still confused? Ever hear of someone taking a liberal heaping of ice cream? Think of a liberal arts education as taking a liberal heaping of knowledge.
MYTH NO. 4
Liberal arts schools are small and boring.
“This place is smaller than my high school…and it’s a college?”
IN FACT: Yes, liberal arts schools are smaller than universities, but that’s a good thing. A smaller school means more faculty-student interaction and more personal attention. It also means that our professors are interested in actually teaching their students instead of letting TAs do it.
And boring? Carthage has more than 120 student organizations and events are happening literally every day. From playing Pokemon to improv comedy to one of Carthage’s 16 greek organizations, and everything between, Carthage has something for you.
MYTH NO. 5
All liberal arts schools are super religious.
“I don’t go to church on Sundays, I definitely don’t want to go every day.”
That’s great. You don’t have to.
Yes, Carthage is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. Carthage isn’t just welcoming to people of all beliefs, it actually wants students of all creeds to come together. Even our baccalaureate service, the last religious service that seniors experience before they graduate, is an interfaith service.
See photos from Baccalaureate 2016
MYTH NO. 6
Liberal arts schools are too expensive.
“Liberal arts schools are for the few people that can afford it. Like the Monopoly guy.”
Carthage is dedicated to making it possible for anyone who wants to attend to be able to attend. More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid. Every year Carthage awards $14 million in scholarships and grants, including more than $4 million to Presidential Scholars.
MYTH NO. 7
A liberal arts degree is only for those interested in the fine arts.
“It’s called the liberal arts, not liberal sciences.”
No matter what the field of study, Carthage’s curriculum is designed to encourage critical thinking and provide hands-on learning. Show us a scientist who doesn’t think critically. We’ll give you some time to think.
No problem if you need more time.
Give up? It’s because being able to explore other options and think creatively isn’t just reserved for the artists of the world. In fact, Carthage prides itself on the sciences. We recently built a state-of-the-art science center to accommodate the growing amount of students majoring in the sciences. Oh, and we’re home to Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and conduct ongoing research for NASA.