Carthage College is located in an 80 acre arboretum in Kenosha, Wisconsin, halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago. The university was founded in 1847, and focuses on four year undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and sciences. It is named after the city of Carthage, Illinois, a former site of the university.
Academic learning focuses on interdisciplinary education and practical application of studies, and there are over fifty different majors available to study at Carthage. One of the more unique study options is a course in great ideas, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to concepts developed in western thought from the ancient Greeks to the 21st century.
Another core focus of Carthage is in undergraduate research, and the university is partnered with distinguished institutions such as NASA, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Huairou Education Bureau in Beijing. Recent projects include excavations at the historical site of Omrit in Israel, and a student suborbital flight program at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The university also provides a summer undergraduate research experience, paring students with research faculty for a ten week programme of on-campus research.
Since the turn of the century almost $200 million has been invested into facilities at Carthage. The Hedberg library was opened in 2002 and contains over 120,000 print volumes and 210,000 e-books. The Johnson Arts Centre specialises in art, graphic design and music lessons.
The most well known person in history to have studied at Carthage is John Hay, who was Secretary of State in the McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt administrations. A statue known as ‘a learning moment’ is situated on campus and features Abraham Lincoln talking to Hay, who was also his private secretary.