Mission & Values
Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service — Together
That’s the Carthage mission. It’s not a stodgy old saying recited at alumni banquets and presidential dinners. It’s a challenge. One that we put forth anew every single day. To our students. To our faculty and staff. To make this world a better place for all of us.
- Carthage is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, espousing and expressing the Judeo-Christian tradition.
- Carthage honors God’s love for all people and celebrates the rich diversity of creation.
- Carthage embraces scholarship and teaching that are grounded in respect for truth, the possibilities and limitations of individual perspectives, and personal accountability.
- Carthage recognizes that the quest for Truth is a life-long journey, and that knowledge, experience, and understanding, gained through a love of learning, are the surest guides.
- Carthage promotes personal, professional, and social relationships characterized by truth, honesty, and integrity.
- Carthage challenges all members of the community to seek excellence in every endeavor.
- Carthage provides the resources, tools, and facilities necessary to attract and develop committed students, faculty, staff, and trustees.
- Carthage strives for robustness throughout its educational experience, providing students with opportunities to grow in all facets of life.
- Carthage seeks breadth and depth of cultural experience from faculty and students, building a foundation for informed, courageous, and effective action in the larger world.
- Carthage collaborates with advisors and partners who help increase the relevance, vibrancy, and resilience of the educational experience.
- Carthage is a responsible steward, investing in and preserving resources in service to current and successive generations of students.
- Carthage affirms that the privilege of education is accompanied by the responsibilities of social awareness.
- Carthage challenges students to become builders of a just and compassionate world by immersing them in an educational experience that offers exposure to the full breadth of existence on Earth.
- Carthage prepares students for lives of service, and progression to leadership, by providing opportunities to give of themselves and help others—locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Carthage models and promotes the art of stewardship, enjoining respect for life in all of its various forms and cultures.
- Carthage is a college community that spans generations and bridges ideologies, nurturing lives of service, work, appreciation, and understanding.
- Carthage affirms that Truth, Strength, and Service intertwine beneficially throughout life, and encourages members of the community to follow paths that incorporate all three.
- Carthage embraces traditions that lift up the community and increase its relevance and prestige.
- Carthage encourages community members to challenge and support one another, to accept responsibility and require accountability, and to collaborate in serving the best interest of students.
Students walk down Campus Drive on the way to class.
Working together to solve problems is a common practice in Carthage classrooms, where professors encourage all students to speak up and share their ideas.
Carthage students gather at Starbucks in the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business.
Carthage music professor Corinne Ness, Dean of the Arts and Humanities Division, works with participants in Carthage's new Master of Music — Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy program.
Carthage music professor Jim Ripley conducts the Carthage Wind Orchestra in the A. F. Siebert Chapel.
The Carthage Men’s Volleyball team won the NCAA championship in 2021.
Students on board NASA’s zero gravity aircraft take a break from conducting research to celebrate their graduation.
A nursing major practices skills in the Carthage nursing lab.
Carthage’s outdoor classroom is the perfect place to watch the sunrise.
Students learn more about available opportunities in the health professions at the annual Pre-Health Fair held in the Science Center atrium.
Carthage students network at the annual “Small Talk Big Moments” event held by The Aspire Program.
A graduate student in Carthage's Master of Science in Business — Sports Management program listens to a visiting speaker.
A Carthage student takes advantage of some quiet study time in the Staubitz Archives.
Friends gather at the lakefront to enjoy a summer day on campus.