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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.

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December 2, 2015

  • Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series: Lorna Rivera, Ph.D.
    Lorna Rivera, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Latino Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts at UMASS Boston

    Nativist Ideologies and Resistance in Latino Communities:
    Dr. Rivera will discuss the politics of nativism, cultural difference, and pluralism in the United States.  Rivera will discuss research about hate crimes and discriminatory policies against Latino  immigrants, and examine what is at stake for Latino communities in the next U.S. presidential election and beyond.  


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