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School of Education & Social Policy

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Education and Social Policy provides a strong foundation in education, human development, the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), criminology and criminal justice.


Choose from four majors — or craft your own — to tailor the educational experience that’s right for you.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

The study of criminology and criminal justice cultivates critical thinking and informed analysis about the legal system, crime and systems of punishment and social control. 


The School of Education and Social Policy’s educator-preparation programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and provide education students with an approved program that is a requirement for state licensure. Concentrations include Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education, High School Education and Moderate Disabilities.

Human Development and Human Services

The human development and human services major is a perfect choice for students wishing to gain an understanding of development across the lifespan. This major is strongly encouraged for those students interested in working in human services across a variety of contexts including educational, community-based, and clinical settings.

STEM Education

STEM education is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary major that prepares teachers to be competent and effective across the fields of science, technology, education and mathematics. The program helps future teachers understand the process of science, and provides the foundation for teaching the “big ideas,” the beauty and the logic of the natural world.

Self-Designed Major

This special interdepartmental major provides students with an opportunity to design an individualized curriculum that meets their particular academic interests and their professional and personal goals.

Bachelor Completion Program

Merrimack offers a Bachelor of Science in Child, Family and Community Studies through its Office of Professional Studies. The program accommodates students who have completed an associate degree (or the equivalent of 61 to 68 credits). Students are prepared with a wide range of educational opportunities to explore careers in childcare programs, PreK-12 schools, community-development organizations, family development, human services and other related fields. 


The School of Education and Social Policy offers three minors, including a new minor in forensic science.




Education and Community Studies

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Forensic Science

Criminology and Criminal Justice



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