School of Arts and Sciences

Biology | Chemistry & Biochemistry | Communication & Media | English | Gender, Diversity and Social Justice | History | International Studies | Languages & Cultural Studies | Mathematics | Philosophy | Physics | Political Science & Public Policy | Psychology | Public Administration & Affairs | Religious & Theological Studies | Spirituality | Visual & Performing Arts

Nurture Critical Thinking

The School of Arts and Sciences is the bedrock and intellectual core of Merrimack’s Augustinian values and academics. Through the arts, humanities and life sciences, students are exposed to diverse ideas, theories and perspectives that nurture critical thinking and problem-solving skills transferable to many careers and fields.

Fueled by collaboration, creativity and curiosity, we nurture a scholarly environment energized by spirited classroom discussions, mentorship, service-learning, emerging research, study abroad and internships.

Recognizing Merrimack's Community of Scholars

Research & Creative Achievement Conference

The Research & Creative Achievement Conference (RCAC) highlights original creative and innovative work by students, faculty and staff.

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Career Outcomes Rate

92% of Arts and Science’s undergraduate class of 2023 were either employed, participating in voluntary service, or continuing their education within nine months of graduation.

Graduate School

Merrimack, New England School of Law, George Washington University and Boston College are just some of the graduate programs Arts and Sciences graduates are attending.

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Student-Faculty Ratio

With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, you’ll get to know your professors — experts who have literally been there and done that and want to help you do the same.



Biology Professor Receives NSF Grant

Associate Professor, Dr. Azam Noori, will use the nearly $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to study how nanomaterials impact plant life and human health.

Undergraduate Majors and Graduate Programs

The School of Arts and Sciences offers a number of undergraduate majors, minors, master’s degrees and graduate certificates. With online, hybrid and on-campus options, you’ll find a program that works best for you.

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Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

Student reading a chemical chart

biology, M.S.

On-campus, hybrid and online classes

Two students watching TV studio monitor

communication, m.A.

On-campus and hybrid

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On-Campus or Online/High-Flex

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On-Campus or Online/High-Flex



Explore all the School of Arts and Sciences has to offer inside and outside of the classroom to tailor your experience to your unique needs, goals and dreams. 

Author reading book at the Writers House
The Writers House is a place where poets, fiction writers, scholars, journalists, graphic novelists and filmmakers can connect with and inspire the Merrimack community.
Explore all facets of artistic expression at the Rogers Center for the Arts on the Merrimack campus where you can enjoy or participate in theater, music, film and visual art.
If you’re an undeclared major, you’ll be encouraged to discover the direction you want to pursue in your life and career with this academic advising program.
With an arts and sciences fellowship at Merrimack College, you are reducing the cost of your tuition while expanding your professional network and job experience.


“I chose to attend Merrimack College because of the collaborative learning environment. I loved the atmosphere on campus and how there was a sense of community among students.

Aside from the academics, Merrimack allowed me to gain the social and professional skills needed to interview at universities through both attending conferences and the professional development retreat.”

Megan Sargent ’22
Biochemistry Major
Current Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts University

Megan Sargent

Student, Faculty & Staff Highlights

Undergraduate Student
"My summer internship held at Cape Anne Whale Watch is doing a fantastic job of preparing me for my future professional work, as it is giving me great hands-on experience of what collecting data within the field is like."
B.S., Biology
Graduate Student
"Getting my graduate degree at Merrimack has allowed me to prepare for the workload of a full-time job and it gave me extra experience through my fellowship to just get much more knowledge in the field I wanted to pursue.”
M.A., Communication
Employer: Boston Bruins
Faculty Member
As a result of hard work, Dr. Noori recently received a three-year, $399,338 grant to study how microscopic materials impact the cells and essential nutrients of selected plant species from the National Science Foundation.
Associate Professor,
Student theatre production at Roger's Center

Get Involved: Clubs & Organizations

There are endless opportunities to get involved at Merrimack and right within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Gain different perspectives, put learning into action and learn from peers and faculty advisors through one of our School of Arts and Sciences clubs:

  • Art Warriors
  • Club Sports at Merrimack
  • Criminology Club
  • Film Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Gender Equality at Merrimack
  • Graduate Student Senate
  • Live to Give
  • Mackapella
  • Merrimack Television Club
  • Onstagers Dramatic Society
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Unity House
  • WMCK Radio



Dr. Daniel Herda, chair and associate professor in the Department of Sociology, recently published a book titled “Chicago’s Reckoning,” which discusses the complicated history of race, politics, and policing in Chicago to explain how crime works from the top down through urban political machines and the elite figures who dominate them. The book was just awarded the American Society of Criminology Division of Communities and Places’s James Short Senior Scholar Award.