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School of Liberal Arts

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” –– C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

At Merrimack College, the liberal arts tradition is a gateway to a thousand different paths in life.

Is your interest economics? What about poetry? Or is your passion the fine arts, or history, or psychology? Whatever it is, the liberal arts at Merrimack will prepare you to become a critical and creative thinker in any field.  With a liberal arts foundation, you’ll have the knowledge and skills necessary to adjust to a changing world, adapt to a changing career path, and appreciate a variety of values and views.

Within the liberal arts, you’ll have many opportunities for in-depth study – and, whatever your major, many opportunities to engage. In keeping with our Augustinian heritage, our emphasis on community inspires our students to become more involved in their classes and many different activities.  Here, your learning will be alive, active and energized – whether it’s spirited classroom discussions, a service learning project, study abroad, internships, or our liberal arts co-op program. Faculty members throughout the college make it a point to be accessible to their students and equally engaged in the process of your education.

This is the liberal arts at Merrimack College – a program of study that helps you see how your interests connect to your career goals – and how academics and the working world fit together.  Whichever of a thousand paths you may choose in life, the liberal arts will prepare you for great success. 




School of Liberal Arts News

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    The English Department presents its eighth issue of The Broadsheet!
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    Merrimack College Professor of Art History Ellen Longsworth, Ph.D. has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Council of Independent Colleges’ Seminar “Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context: The Uses of Antiquity” this summer at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art.  Only 20 individuals nationwide were selected to participate.
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     “I honestly learned so much in the process of making [the poster] and prepping for the conference. It was a great experience and also amazing practice that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. It honestly changed the way I looked at research and presentations like that.” – Emma Pelletier, Psychology Major, on her poster presentation for Psychology 3120: Cognitive Psychology

    Photos from the 3rd Annual Liberal Arts Research and Creativity Conference on April 24, 2014:


New Liberal Arts Programs