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Tough Love

12 Courses Worth the Work

We asked Carthage students: “What’s been your toughest class?” Here are 12 courses that are tough in a good way.

1. Voice for the Stage

(THR 3100)
“We memorized and performed a new Shakespearean sonnet in a new dialect every week of the semester. It took a ton of time and work, but I was challenged and therefore, I grew. I memorize 10 times faster now than I could before taking the class, and I have a pocket full of dialects that I can use in shows and auditions.” — Macee Jo Mueller ’16, theatre performance and music theatre major
Learn more about studying theatre at Carthage

 

2. Financial Accounting

(ACC 2010)
“The spring of my sophomore year, I took Financial Accounting with Victoria Montanaro as a requirement for both my marketing and finance majors. There was a lot of material presented in a short amount of time, but Prof. Montanaro was always there to provide extra assistance and was open to feedback about the course. Though it took me a while to grasp the concept of accounting, I am thankful for all of Prof. Montanaro’s patience and help, and I know my fellow classmates were appreciative as well.” — Cami Christopulos ’16, marketing and finance major
Get (ac)counting: Visit the Accounting and Finance Department website

 

3. The religion course Letters of the New Testament

(REL 2030)
Logan Frank ’17, an international political economy and finance major, took this course as his religion elective. (All Carthage students must take two religion courses.) “I’m pretty sure I was one of the two people in the class who wasn’t a religion major or minor, but I liked it. I felt pushed to keep up with the religion students, and that extra challenge helped me take a lot more out of the course.”
See a list of courses offered by the Religion Department

4. Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

(NEU 2100)
“It was a fast-paced class that covered a lot of material. However, this was a great experience and opened my eyes to what graduate school will be like.” — Kelly Kaderlik ’17, psychology and studio art major
Learn more about studying neuroscience at Carthage

 

5. Introduction to Psychology

(PYC 1500)
“The funny thing is, my favorite class has also been my toughest class,” says Kiran Sehgal ’18, a psychology and neuroscience major. She took the course her freshman year, and it was team-taught by all of the Psychological Sciences Department professors. “As cool as it was to have different professors teaching the lecture, it was difficult to adjust to the teaching styles of each one.”
Learn more about the Psychological Science Department

 

6. Applied Statistics for Management and Economics

(BUS 2340)
“I took this class with my advisor, Thomas Groleau. It was my freshman year and I was not very familiar with Microsoft Excel, and that class exclusively used Excel and its functions. Prof. Groleau is an Excel guru so it was pretty tough to keep up, but I learned so much and it was a good experience.” — Nate Smith ’16, marketing and management major
Learn more about studying business at Carthage

 

7. Introduction to International Relations

(POL 1050)
“The toughest class that I have had has been Introduction to International Relations. It was a tough class because we were expected to memorize key terms and theories, effectively apply them in both historic and modern situations, and formulate coherent ideas using what we were learning on paper and verbally.” — Greyson St. Martin ’17, international political economy and classics major
An IPE and classics double-major? Learn more about intellectual cross-training like this
Learn more about studying political science at Carthage

8. The studio art course Illustration

(ART 3010)
“My favorite class was also my toughest class. We explored many styles of illustration that challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. For many class projects, I found myself using my computer as an art tool, which is something I had never done before. This challenged my thought process and my creative process. Also, being able to witness fellow students who worked on their computers as their main art tool provided a different perspective, and gave me a first-hand look at how different tools can be used to achieve the same goal — unique illustration.” — Sonia Vazquez ’17, studio art major
Learn more about studying art at Carthage

 


9. The Intellectual History of Western Heritage I

(COR 1100)
Every Carthage student takes this freshman-year seminar. “When it comes to old classic literature, I am not the first one to dive into a book head-first. Even though I struggled a bit in class, my professor helped me understand my problems which, in turn, allowed me to fully understand the class material.” Justice Good ’18, theatre performance and music theatre major
What should you expect in Western Heritage? Read this.

10. Biblical Images of Christ

(REL 3400)
“I took Biblical Images of Christ for my second religion requirement because it sounded like we would be discussing Jesus. We did do that, but in a way that kicked my butt. I learned a lot, and in the end, it did help me grow in my faith. However, that class was way over my head most of the time.” — Martha Peterson ’16, communication and French major
See what religion courses are offered at Carthage

11. The music course Aural Skills

(MUS 1020)
“It was very difficult, but it was the most rewarding class I have taken thus far because it helped me greatly develop my ear training.” — Matt Thome ’17, public relations and athletic communication major
Learn more about studying music at Carthage

 

12. General Physics I

(PHY 2200)
“Physics conceptually tends to be out of this world,” says chemistry major Chelsea Reuter ’16.
Yes, but it’s so much fun!

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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