J-Term is a month-long period of study at Carthage in which all academic departments offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours in other countries. Philosophy professor Michael McShane regularly offers the study tour Shakespeare in Rome, in which students experience Rome through the dramatic imagination of Shakespeare. On campus, a popular J-Term course is the Philosophy of Death, taught by Prof. Richard Heitman. In this course, students will explore the possibilities and limitations of human power and knowledge in the attempt to control the human lifespan.
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Great Ideas Program
The Great Ideas Program is unique to Carthage. The interdisciplinary field provides students with additional courses exploring a broad range of texts from history’s greatest thinkers. The versatile Great Ideas degree gives students extensive skills in communication, reasoning and critical thinking.
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The Carthage philosophy major is very flexible. Students can customize the program to meet their needs and interests. Many students choose to combine a philosophy major or minor with study in another subject. One popular double-major is philosophy and political science.
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‘The Book That Changed My Life’ Lecture Series
The Book that Changed My Life Lecture Series gives professors from across campus an informal opportunity to discuss books that have had a significant impact in their life intellectually or otherwise.
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