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Liberal Arts

Whether you’re looking to earn your bachelor’s degree to advance your career or change professions, our flexible programs can help you get there. We offer top-notch academics, small classes, and one-on-one academic advisory services.

Our Bachelor of Liberal Arts program builds upon the students’ previous college studies with a core curriculum based on the tradition of liberal arts, and provides an opportunity for students to choose two concentrations from a wide variety of disciplines.

This liberal arts program is less concentrated in a single discipline than the traditional major. The core requires the student to acquire a foundation in each of the three major liberal arts fields: humanities, social science and mathematics/science. For the major, the student elects a five-course sequence in two liberal arts areas. Review application requirements for this program.

Concentration Options

Business Administration
Communication Studies
Public and Professional Writing
Religious and Theological Studies

 Business Administration

The Girard School of Business & International Commerce offers a quality undergraduate business education that builds on a liberal arts foundation in an Augustinian community of learners. We provide an integrative management education focused on close, personal interactions in an environment encouraging experiential learning activities. The learning environment is enriched by the scholarly contributions of faculty in pedagogical, discipline-based, and practice-related areas. Students who major in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Science and Engineering have the opportunity to minor in Business Administration. The goal of the minor is to give the student a demonstrable competency in the fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies of business. 

BUS 1100 Introduction to Business
BUS 2203 Accounting for Business 

and a minimum of 12 additional credits offered in the Business School. A Business Internship (BUS 4850) and a Directed Study in Business (listed under each concentration with numbers 4800) do not count towards these 12 additional credits.

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 Communication Studies

The study of communication at Merrimack provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to human interaction. According to a national survey of employers, communication is the most important skill sought when hiring and promoting. Communication courses provide students with opportunities to examine the theories and research used to develop the discipline as well as the skills and knowledge to meet the complex communication challenges of the 21st century.

COM 1020 Public Communication 

One of the following:
COM2201-Intro to Interpersonal Communication
COM2301- Intro to Organizational Communication
COM2401- Intro to Mass Communication

Three additional COM electives at the 3000- level or above 

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Why study philosophy? Philosophy courses strengthen students’ thinking, writing, and analytic abilities, while exposing them to some of life’s most persistent and important questions. Philosophy majors and minors improve their chances of getting into top graduate programs and law schools, while non-majors gain a richer education and preparation for work and life. Courses in philosophy at Merrimack are designed to appeal to a variety of student interests and concerns regardless of one’s major or intended career.

PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy 
Four (4) Philosophy courses drawn from the Minor in Philosophy, Minor in Political Philosophy, Minor in Moral Philosophy, or Minor in Philosophy of Science.
Cross-over from each of these minors has been permitted to satisfy concentration.

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 Public and Professional Writing

The minor in Public and Professional Writing requires completing a minimum of 18 credits (with at least nine credits at the 3000 level or above) consisting of a minimum of five courses:

WRT 2160 Introduction to Composition Studies (required) 
Two (2) additional WRT courses of your choice (required minimum)
Two (2) additional courses chosen from those listed below and/or any other additional WRT courses. (Note that some courses below may have pre-requisites.)

The courses below are listed by general area of application:
Business and Technical Writing
WRT 3040 Business and Administrative Communication 
WRT 3050 Technical Communication 

JRL 2020 Feature Writing 
JRL 2040 News Writing 
JRL 2070 Sports Writing 
COM 3452 Newspaper and New Media Production 

Web design and electronic publishing
CSC 1001 Web Programming 
CSC 1510 Introduction to Information Technology 
CSC 3500 Human Computer Interaction 
FAA 2850 Digital Video 
FAA 3860 Electronic Publishing and Illustration 
FAA 3830 Web Design 
FAA 3840 Web Animation 
MGT 3316 Web Development 

WIC One (1) Writing Intensive course of your choice
COM 2100(W) Rhetoric

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 Religious and Theological Studies

The program for a concentration in religious and theological studies is designed to help the students round out their academic careers with an understanding and intellectual grasp of religion as a part of human life and its development, and consists in any four courses in religious and theological studies beyond the introductory course (RTS 1100 or RTS 1001).  The concentration in Religious and Theological Studies requires completing a minimum of 14 credits at the 2000 level or above.

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Sociology is the study of social life and all that social life entails. Sociologists study human behavior and interaction in groups, networks, and organizations, the larger social forces that shape our lives, and social change. The student of sociology seeks to cultivate a critical perspective that relies on observations and empirical evidence to demonstrate the affect society has on the ways we think, feel, and act. Our courses focus on the degree to which people’s lives are influenced and affected by socio-cultural, political-economic, and historical forces. One primary goal of the program is to help students cultivate the sociological perspective as a type of critical thinking and informed analysis.

SOC 1000 Ways of Seeing I: The Sociological Imagination (formally SOC1001)
SOC 2000 Ways of Seeeing II: Social Inequality - Class, Gender, and Race (formally SOC4300) 
SOC 3000 Ways of Thinking: Social Theory (formally SOC4725) 
SOC 3100 Ways of Knowing I: Research Methods (formally SOC4600) 
One elective in Sociology

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