Mission & Vision
The Honors Program, established in 2008, is designed to enhance and enrich the academic experience of talented, highly motivated students at Merrimack College. The Program offers challenging classes, encourages interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and provides opportunities for students to pursue independent study and research with individual faculty mentors. It can supplement academic degrees and majors in all departments and schools of the college.
Inspired by St. Augustine’s philosophy of teaching and learning, the Program is dedicated to:
- Learning in Community – We believe that learning with friends in small classes is the best way to succeed academically and personally.
- Active Learning – Honors courses are lively seminar-based discussions. They may include service and experiential learning such as community service, field trips, concerts, and plays.
- Transformative Experiences – The Honors Program challenges students to reach beyond their comfort level, to try new approaches and activities in a process of self-discovery.
- Small, dynamic classes with some of the Merrimack’s best professors
- One-on-one research opportunities with professors in student’s major
- Special honors advising and peer mentoring in addition to student’s academic advisor
- Priority registration
- Research and Travel grant opportunities
- Co-curricular and extra-curricular events throughout the year (banquet, plays, concerts, etc)
- Free admission to many on-campus events at the Rogers Center
- Access to the Honors lounge - honors only study area with unlimited printing. Coffee, tea and spring water are always available
- Special honors community housing (Honors House)
- Honors Student Council plays leadership role in conduct of program
- “Honors Program” will be noted on transcripts and diplomas to signify student’s achievement
Honors Program in the News
Dr. Marcia Walsh, the 2013 Edward G. Roddy, Jr. Outstanding Teacher of the Year, will be delivering The Last Lecture on November 20, 2013 at 7:30pm in Cascia Hall.
Honors Biology major Heather Hook ’14 spent her summer as one of two interns for Pfizer Corporation; the world’s largest research based pharmaceutical company. She was given a $5,000 stipend and a project examining cell line stability.
Patrick Hovsepian ’14 is stating his first semester as a Computer Science Senior, and
all ready has a job offer for after graduation. The position is part of the
Leap Program at Fidelity Investments, where he has spent the last two summers
as an intern.