With nearly a quarter of its undergraduate students pursuing a business degree, Carthage has a long history of preparing students for success in the business world’s private and public sectors. Carthage’s School of Business and Economics brings faculty from several thriving academic programs together under one umbrella — as well as the renowned A. W. Clausen Center for World Business. The new model fosters greater collaboration across disciplines, expands hands-on learning opportunities for students, and paves the way for new programs and partnerships in emerging fields.

The School of Business and Economics at Carthage offers innovative programs that combine with Carthage’s Aspire Program for career development and nationally ranked J-Term study tours to give students life-changing experiential learning opportunities. The School of Business and Economics curriculum is informed by input from prominent alumni and business leaders from the region’s largest employers. Companies that often hire Carthage graduates include Snap-On Tools, SC Johnson, Johnson Controls, Abbott, CNH Industrial, and Uline, among others.


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Degree Programs

B.A., B.S., Minor

Business Administration

B.A., Minor


Healthcare Administration



Sport Business

Master of Science in Business – Design and Innovation

Master of Science in Business – Sports Management

Master of Science in Product Management

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential learning is a core component of a Carthage education, and each program in the School of Business and Economics supports a range of opportunities. From internships, elite guest speakers, J-Term study tours, and other travel opportunities, students in the School of Business and Economics engage in experiential learning. Local, regional, and international partnerships provide opportunities for students to translate theory into practice.

A flagship program for the College is the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Students who earn a SURE grant are competitively selected to conduct research and creative projects with faculty mentors. Students present their research and creative projects at conferences and events around the world.

Extracurricular Organizations

A number of extracurricular organizations provide additional opportunities for building skills, resumes, and strong networks of friends and future colleagues:

  • Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise)
  • Velocity Consulting
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA)
  • Financial/Investment Club
  • Business Honors Society
  • Carthage Accounting Association
  • The Front Office (sports management organization)