Bachelor of Liberal Arts
Whether you’re looking to earn your bachelor’s degree to advance your career or change professions, our flexible evening programs can help you get there.
Our Bachelor of Liberal Arts program builds upon your previous college studies with a core curriculum based on the tradition of liberal arts, and provides the opportunity for you to choose two concentrations from a wide variety of disciplines. We offer top-notch academics, connections with faculty, and personalized support, including one-on-one advising.
This liberal arts program is less concentrated in a single discipline than the traditional major. The core requires you to acquire a foundation in each of the three major liberal arts fields: humanities, social science and mathematics/science. For the major, you will elect a five-course sequence in two liberal arts areas.
- Business Administration
- Communication Studies
- Religious and Theological Studies
Students continuing their education and majoring in the Humanities or Social Sciences have the opportunity to minor in Business Administration. The minor can provide the student with a demonstrable competency in the fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies of business. The Girard School of Business offers a quality undergraduate business education that builds on a liberal arts foundation in an Augustinian community of learners. We provide an integrative management education focused on close, personal interactions in an environment encouraging experiential learning activities. The learning environment is enriched by the scholarly contributions of faculty in pedagogical, discipline-based, and practice-related areas.
BUS 1100 Introduction to Business
BUS 2203 Accounting for Business
and a minimum of 12 additional credits offered in the Business School. A Business Internship (BUS 4850) and a Directed Study in Business (listed under each concentration with numbers 4800) do not count towards these 12 additional credits.
The study of communication at Merrimack provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to human interaction. According to a national survey of employers, communication is the most important skill sought when hiring and promoting. Communication courses provide students with opportunities to examine the theories and research used to develop the discipline as well as the skills and knowledge to meet the complex communication challenges of the 21st century.
COM 1020 Public Communication
Any two of the following:
COM2201-Intro to Interpersonal Communication
COM2301- Intro to Organizational Communication
COM2401- Intro to Mass Communication
Two additional COM electives at the 3000- level or above
Why study philosophy? Philosophy courses strengthen students’ thinking, writing, and analytic abilities, while exposing them to some of life’s most persistent and important questions. Philosophy majors and minors improve their chances of getting into top graduate programs and law schools, while non-majors gain a richer education and preparation for work and life. Courses in philosophy at Merrimack are designed to appeal to a variety of student interests and concerns regardless of one’s major or intended career.
The program for a concentration in religious and theological studies is designed to help the students round out their academic careers with an understanding and intellectual grasp of religion as a part of human life and its development, and consists in any four courses in religious and theological studies beyond the introductory course (RTS 1100 or RTS 1001). The concentration in Religious and Theological Studies requires completing a minimum of 14 credits at the 2000 level or above.
Sociology is the study of social life and all that social life entails. Sociologists study human behavior and interaction in groups, networks, and organizations, the larger social forces that shape our lives, and social change. The student of sociology seeks to cultivate a critical perspective that relies on observations and empirical evidence to demonstrate the affect society has on the ways we think, feel, and act. Our courses focus on the degree to which people’s lives are influenced and affected by socio-cultural, political-economic, and historical forces. One primary goal of the program is to help students cultivate the sociological perspective as a type of critical thinking and informed analysis.
SOC 1000 Ways of Seeing I: The Sociological Imagination (formally SOC1001)
SOC 2000 Ways of Seeing II: Social Inequality - Class, Gender, and Race (formally SOC4300)
SOC 3000 Ways of Thinking: Social Theory (formally SOC4725)
SOC 3100 Ways of Knowing I: Research Methods (formally SOC4600)
One elective in Sociology