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School of Liberal Arts

About the School

The School of Liberal Arts encompasses the humanities and the social sciences, each of which includes a range of disciplines distinguished by their focus of inquiry and by their perspectives and methodologies.

Overall, liberal arts disciplines investigate the human condition for the purpose of understanding issues of self and society, with particular attention to meaning and values. Liberal arts disciplines also recognize that issues, ideas and methods of inquiry are influenced by context — situated in time, place, culture — and take this into account in framing issues, interpreting evidence, debating significance and forming conclusions.

Consequently, curiosity, creativity and innovation are valued, and a strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking, active reading and writing. Attention to the history of ideas and to intellectual traditions
enriches current research and debate in the liberal arts.

In the Augustinian Tradition

The School of Liberal Arts embodies the Catholic and Augustinian identity of Merrimack College through its dedication to the pursuit of knowledge as a community activity informed by dialogue between faith and reason. Our efforts are inspired by St. Augustine’s personal journey through knowledge to wisdom, ultimately in quest of God as perfect or divine wisdom.

Do You Know?

Study of the liberal arts is at the heart of Merrimack’s curriculum. Whatever your major, you will be challenged to grow through the kind of discussion and inquiry about the human experience which the liberal arts cultivate.