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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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May 2, 2016

  • WLCS Film Festival: Elefante Blanco
    Pablo Trapero makes punchy, unblinking films with their eyes firmly on real-world problems – including 2010’s ‘Carancho’ and 2008’s ‘Lion’s Den’. The Argentinian’s latest plunges us into a Buenos Aires slum which sits in the shadow of a vast, unfinished hospital (the ‘white elephant’ of the title). Here, community workers and priests collaborate to finish a housing project that’s strapped for cash and keep the peace between gangs. We follow two muscular priests, Father Nicolás (Ricardo Darin, pictured), a slightly more establishment figure, and Father Julián (Jérémie Renier), a Belgian missionary who is fresh from a violent conflict in a remote village and whose vow of chastity is challenged by a good-looking social worker, Luciana (Martina Gusman).
    —. Dave Calhoun (


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