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Carthage College is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Situated in Kenosha, Wisconsinmarker midway between Chicago, Illinoismarker and Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker, the campus is on the shore of Lake Michiganmarker and is home to 2,375 full-time and 720 part-time students.

Carthage awards the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in more than 30 subject areas, and the Master of Education degree. Carthage also hosts the joint Executive MBA and Master of Social Work degrees awarded by Loyola University Chicagomarker.

The Carthage faculty comprises nearly 150 scholars, 90% of whom hold the doctorate or other terminal degree.


German Lutherans founded Carthage in 1847 in Hillsboro, Illinoismarker as The Literary and Theological Institute of the Lutheran Church of the Far West. In 1852 the college moved to Springfield, Illinoismarker and operated under the name Illinois State Universitymarker. However, the college closed in 1869 due to budgetary reasons. In 1870 the college was reopened as Carthage College in Carthage, Illinoismarker. Due to dwindling enrollment numbers during the 1950s, Carthage decided to open another campus in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1962, intending to eventually relocate the college there. The Wisconsin and Illinois campuses ran simultaneously until 1964, when the Illinois campus closed its doors and the college and its old traditions were moved to Wisconsin. This was the cause of much discontent among students at the Illinois campus who were long under the impression that the Illinois and Wisconsin campuses would both be operated by Carthage.

In the last five years, a new state-of-the-art library (Hedberg Library) and athletic center (Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center) have been opened, and the old library was turned into the Clausen Center for World Business. The Oaks, the new student village overlooking Lake Michigan, features semi-private suites, cooking facilities, and a media lounge on each floor. There are three completed buildings in The Oaks, with a fourth under construction.


Carthage claims a long-standing commitment to educating the whole person by nourishing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical dimensions of students' lives. The College's stated mission is to offer:

  • a curriculum that challenges students to think critically and express themselves effectively
  • a campus life that encourages involvement and service
  • a community of faith that nurtures spiritual growth and develops moral responsibility
  • co-curricular activities that inspire students to test their own limits and express their individuality.

Red Men athletics

In 2004, the Redmen football team set a school record for most wins in a season going 11-2. That season was also the first time the Redman made the NCAA Division III playoffs since the school joined the NCAA in 1976. Carthage would go on to win their first two games of the playoffs beating Alma College in Alma, Michigan 31-28 and then defeating Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio 14-7. The Redman then traveled to face the number one team in Division III football, Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. The teams were back and forth for around three quarters but Carthage was overpowered in the fourth quarter and lost 38-20. The Redman finished the season ranked 5th in the nation according to the website.

In 2005, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ruled that Carthage, along with several other colleges, would be ineligible to host NCAA-sanctioned playoffs and tournaments because their nickname, "Redmen", was perceived as an offensive reference to Native Americans.

Recently a decision was made to rename the Carthage men's teams the "Red Men". This is in accordance with the circa 1920 origin of the name—the team's red uniform jersey—while removing any possible controversial connotations. In conjunction with the rearticulation of the name, a new logo for the team replaced the traditional feathered Carthage C. It includes a torch, a shield and a C.

Carthage College was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1912-1941.

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