The Carthage curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary study, 通过研究和其他项目进行实践学习, 各专业写作, and developing the critical thinking and reading skills necessary to excel in work and life. 你需要130个学分才能毕业 from Carthage — but that’s just a number. Earning a degree from Carthage is about much more than checking off a list of requirements.

  • Earning a degree from Carthage is about receiving individual attention from professors at the top of their fields in classes that may have just a handful of other students.
  • It’s about tackling topics from new directions — and in new places, through offerings like the interdisciplinary courses and 1项.
  • It’s about studying the cultural foundations upon which societies are built 通过 知识基础 研讨会.
  • It’s about learning to solve problems by conducting your own original research and analysis 然后把你的发现告诉别人.
  • It’s about transforming from a good student into a great scholar.

Below is a list of the academic experiences students have at Carthage — basically your map to your transformation. Please note: Current students should follow the printed version of the 大学目录 and work with their advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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你需要130个学分才能毕业. 大部分课程是4学分, and full-time students may register for 12-18 credits during each 14-week term.

关于 a third of your courses will be core courses, common for all majors. 另外三分之一是与你的专业相关的课程. The remainder of your courses will be electives — courses you choose to enhance your major, 拓宽你的专业知识, 或者探索新的兴趣.


The general education curriculum is comprised of one 知识基础 研讨会 course, 健康要求, 反射框架, and a set of curriculum requirements divided into three categories: 探索, 能力, 和观点.

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  • 一(1)知识基础课程 All students must successfully complete one 研讨会 course called 知识基础, typically taken during the fall semester of the first year. 知识基础 will expose you to literature from some of the greatest thinkers, 作者, 艺术家, and leaders of all time — not so you can “ooh” and “ahh” at their genius, 但你可以以此为基础. 你会想象什么是可能的, 学会独立思考, and discover what you’re capable of achieving through a combination of intense discussions and complex writing assignments. * Note: Students who entered Carthage prior to Fall 2020 must complete two semesters of 知识基础.


  • One (1) or more wellness courses (at least 2 credits) — 通过健康要求, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live healthier lives, enhancing your general well-being at Carthage and beyond. Wellness is a holistic approach, optimizing your life through a dynamic process of growth and change. Students will have the opportunity to take a wellness course focused on improving their well-being in the following areas: mental and emotional, 物理, 环境, 社会, 金融, 精神上的, 知识, 和职业. 


The 探索 category encourages students to develop a sense of 知识 curiosity by exploring courses from across the College and studying the process by which knowledge is acquired in a range of different disciplines. Students will take one (1) explorations course in each of these four areas: 

  • 一门艺术探究课程(4学分)  Students have the opportunity to perform or create by taking a course in the literary, 执行, 或者视觉艺术. 选项包括表演, 跳舞, 声乐或乐器课程, 音乐乐团, 音乐剧工作坊, 歌剧生产, 和更多的! 
  • 一(1)文化传承课程(4学分)  We cultivate a deeper understanding of our world and our place in it by examining and asking questions about the legacies of human 文化s — their histories and the products they leave behind. This sort of inquiry teaches us about the values and perspectives of other 文化s while also deepening our understanding of our own 文化. Students will gain insight from poems, novels, paintings, plays, histories, myths, 和更多的. 
  • 一(1)社会互动课程(4学分 学生将学习人类行为的模式, 社会互动, the structures we create that shape these interactions, 以及整个社会.
  • 一(1)科学探索课程(4学分) Students will learn how to better understand and interpret scientific information in order to make good decisions for themselves and their communities. Curiosity about the workings of the natural world is an essential part of what makes us human — engaging with the process of scientific discovery is a core part of the acquisition of knowledge. 


The 能力 category encourages students to develop some of the skills needed for success in college and beyond. 学生将学习两门全球语言课程, 四门书面沟通课程, and one course each in Oral Communication and Quantitative Reasoning. 

  • 两(2)国际语言课程(8学分) Understanding and interacting in a global society increasingly requires languages skills. Global Language courses build linguistic and cultural competency, as well as basic communication skills in a foreign language. 
  • 四(4)书面沟通课程(16学分) Writing is a pivotal form of communication across all disciplines, professions, and walks of life. The ability to 善于表达 ideas through writing is essential — writing must be taught and practiced at every level of the education process to equip students to share with clarity and distinction in a complex world. Students will practice and improve the articulation of ideas and arguments in clear, 精确的, 表达性写作. 
  • 一(1)口语交际课程(4学分) Clear and effective verbal expression is a skill demanded of us in every area of life. We need to communicate cogently whether we are engaging in a small group discussion or presenting to a large audience. Although some oral communication is inherently woven into the experience of a college education, intentional and consistent development of these skills will provide you with a foundation for success. 
  • 一(1)定量推理课程(4学分) 作为受过教育的公民, our understanding of the world around us and our ability to make reasoned decisions is based in part on quantitative information. 为了管理我们的财务, 保持健康, 关注新闻, 我们需要能够处理数值数据. 除了, we recognize that students need more opportunities to develop quantitative skills that are relevant to many majors and professions. 


This category encourages students to consider the world around them from a range of different angles. Students will take one course in each of the following areas: Religious 视角, 不同的观点, 国际视角, 跨学科视角. 

  • 一(1)宗教观点课程- Throughout the world, 宗教 is often the foundation of 文化, ethics, and 社会 practice. 通过宗教观点的要求, 学生将做好分析的准备, 善于表达, and defend religious views — their own and others’ — as they encounter a world of ethical complexity.
  • 一(1)多元视角课程- 我们生活在一个多元化的社会, and diversity comes in a variety of forms including race, 种族, 宗教, 社会阶层, 性取向, 性别认同. It’s important for students to gain awareness of the ways in which diverse individuals and groups interact, to learn of the personal and institutional inequities within our systems, and to understand how the diverse 知识 and cultural contexts that surround us allow us to recognize our own context. Students will gain broader perspectives that can be useful in helping overcome the limitations inherent in any single context.
  • 一(1)国际视野课程 我们也生活在一个全球化的社会, 全球十大赌钱排行app, 文化, 政治, 迁移, 贸易变得越来越重要. This ongoing globalization emerges from interactions among individuals representing countries and cultural identities from all over the world, 每个都有自己的背景, 理想, 和目标. Understanding these global issues requires not only awareness of the issues but also an ability to see them from a perspective beyond that of the United States in order to interpret and interact with the world appropriately and effectively.
  • 一(1)跨学科视角课程- Interdisciplinary studies are at the core of the liberal arts experience — they encourage students to consider important questions from multiple perspectives and to value the outcomes of this approach. 这促进了认知发展, including diverse approaches to knowledge acquisition and the integration of alternate perspectives. As a result, these experiences prepare students for success in the modern world. 


The 反射的框架 helps students to process their experiences, 有意识地对待他们的选择, 制定适当的教育计划. Many students begin their college journey uncertain about who they are, 他们想成为什么样的人, and how their education can support them in developing and refining their goals. To aid students in finding their own answers to these questions, 反思贯穿于全球十大赌钱排行app的课程之中. 这些课程组成部分使用教学, 指导, 同行的讨论, and individual self-examination to help students personalize their education and 善于表达 the role it plays in their ongoing individual development. 



A maximum of 56 credits may be required in your major, with no more than 40 of these credits within any one department. You may count a maximum of 56 credits in any one department toward graduation; however, you must have 74 credits outside your major department in order to graduate. (For transfer students, a minimum of 12 credits in the major must have been completed at Carthage.)

未成年人 are optional unless specified as a requirement for the major. 未成年人 may be pursued through electives and through general requirements. The minor is a minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 24 credits. Those planning to obtain teacher licensure must consult with the College certification officer. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in the minor at Carthage.


Electives allow you to explore 知识 interests in a wide variety of disciplines and areas of knowledge. So peruse the Carthage Catalog or the courses pages in any of our more than 75个研究领域. 你还想进一步了解什么? 现在是你的机会. 去学点东西.



Carthage is one of the few schools in the country to require a senior thesis. All students must complete a senior thesis in order to graduate, but don’t worry: Your faculty thesis advisor will guide you in your research, 协助你研究技术, 并帮助你磨练你的演讲技巧. This is your chance to apply everything you’ve learned over the previous three years. Your senior thesis can take the form of a written thesis, 实验室研究, 艺术展览, 音乐演奏会, or other significant and integrative experience appropriate to your major. Students graduating with more than one major must complete a senior thesis project for each major, or one integrative senior project approved by each major department or program.