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Please note: Courses are subject to change.

Summer I:
May 18 - June 26, 2020 
Summer II:
July 6 - August 14, 2020 
Summer III:
May 18 - August 14, 2020 
Summer VIII - 8 week:
May 18 - July 16, 2020 

Summer Session is the Perfect Fit for High School Students

This summer, maintain your learning momentum and strengthen your academic resume by taking a Summer Session course at Merrimack. Earn college credit while exploring a new subject or challenge yourself by taking a tough subject pass/fail. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find a class that meets your goals and schedule. 

  • Enhance your college application
  • Earn college credit - or study pass/fail
  • Choose from over 40 courses across more than a dozen subjects
  • Learn from experienced faculty
  • All classes are online - study from home, or anywhere!

Top 10 Faculty and Staff Picks

While all of Merrimack’s summer classes deliver dynamic learning, these 10 courses have been selected by faculty and staff as our favorite picks for high schoolers: 

Below you’ll find full details on these selected classes, as well as all of our Summer Session classes for upper-grade high school students.

All Summer Courses Designed for High School Students

Biology

  • BIO1106C-A Human Biology
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
An introduction to the structure and function of human body at the level of cells, tissues organs and organ systems. A special emphasis is placed on the functions of the nervous and endocrine systems and their role in homeostasis and the integration and regulation of the functions of the other tissues and organs. The course will also consider molecular, Mendelian and population genetics. This course is designed primarily for students who intend to major or are majoring in Psychology or Human Development.Not open to Biology or Health Science majors or minors.Fulfills: STEM requirement in LS Core.Note: Reserved for students majoring in Psychology or Human Development.Not open to biology or health sciences majors or minors.

Communication and Media

  • COM2401C-A Introduction to Media
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course focuses on the basic principles of mass communication and its historical development.  Issues explored include media access, media ethics, media effects, and current trends in the growth of digital and wireless mass communication technologies.  Students examine the role of the media industry in reinforcing and challenging dominant values, attitudes, and beliefs central to American culture.  An additional feature of the course studies how mass media-created ideals have been disseminated internationally, as well as how media businesses reflect, influence and sometimes defy societal norms.  Students will also have the opportunity to develop their own independent mass media project.  No prerequisite. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.  
  • COM1020C-A Public Communication
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course focuses on the concepts and practices associated with effective public communication.  A central aspect of this course entails the mastering of public speaking through the process of researching, preparing, and delivering presentations in a variety of formats (e.g., informative, persuasive, and impromptu).  The classroom is a laboratory in which to develop the skills needed for effective public communication.  In addition, students will also analyze public speaking events as a means of developing a critical understanding of the public communication process.  No prerequisite.

Education

  • HDE1000C-A Introduction to Human Development
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course focuses on physical, cognitive, and social-emotional continuity and changes that occur throughout the lifespan. An introduction to research and theories in human development is included.

English

  • ENG1050C-B Intro to College Writing
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
Introduction to the rhetorical practices of college-level writing. Emphasizes the foundations of academic discourse, with attention to language, purpose, and context. Students will read and analyze texts to prepare them to write for different audiences. Will include library instruction, research, and documentation. Fulfills first year writing requirement in LS Core. Does not count toward English major or minor.
  • ENG1050C-C Intro to College Writing
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
Introduction to the rhetorical practices of college-level writing. Emphasizes the foundations of academic discourse, with attention to language, purpose, and context. Students will read and analyze texts to prepare them to write for different audiences. Will include library instruction, research, and documentation. Fulfills first year writing requirement in LS Core. Does not count toward English major or minor.
  • ENG2150C-A Introduction to Creative Writing
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
Introduces the main genres of creative writing, including poetry, memoir, and fiction.  In addition to producing their own creative forms such as poems, song lyrics, literary memoir, and short stories, students will study the works of contemporary and canonical authors  in each genre.  Classwork includes the workshopping of both short and longer projects and will culminate in a portfolio of revised work.  Fulfills an AL requirement in LS Core.

Health Sciences

  • HSC1123C-A Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course continues the human anatomy and physiology topics and includes the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The laboratory is a required component that will provide an opportunity for the student to further develop and apply the practical skills necessary to comprehend the structure and function of the human body.Prerequisite(s): HSC 1122.
  • HSC2300C-B Intro to Nutritional Sciences
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
Nutrition, Diet and Health will introduce the student to the science of nutrition.  The fundamentals of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamin, and mineral requirements and metabolism will be explained as a basis for the study of the relationship between diet and health in both a personal and global perspective. The impact that human nutrition and industrial agriculture have on environmental quality, food resources and energy consumption will be explored.   Nutrition, Diet and Health has a mandatory civic engagement component related to important public and environmental issues in human nutrition, health, and fitness that are considered in the course. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.  
  • SME1104C-B Introduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course is a survey of the discipline of health and fitness, including knowledge derived from performing physical activity, studying about physical activity, and professional practice centered in physical activity. It includes an analysis of the importance of health and wellness in daily life, the relationship between physical activity and the discipline of kinesiology, and the general effects of physical activity experiences. The course surveys the general knowledge base of the Health Science discipline as reflected in the major sub disciplines and reviews selected concepts in each, showing how they contribute to our understanding of the nature and importance of physical activity. The students will learn about the fitness components of wellness; flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, nutrition, weight management, and cancer. Fitness and other positive lifestyle habits that lead to better health, improved quality of life, and total well-being will be discussed. Students will be responsible for developing a self-paced fitness program that will be followed for the duration of the semester.  In addition, the course introduces students to the general  and specific characteristics of the health and wellness professions. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.

History

  • HIS1106C-A U.S. History: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course offers an introduction to American history from the beginning of European expansion through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Drawing upon the methods and insights of social, political, and cultural history, the class lectures and discussions will explore a range of topics, including: the colonial encounter, labor systems, racial formation, the movement for independence and the formation of the American Republic, religion and reform movements, the democratic and market Revolutions, the transformation of gender roles, and the causes and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction.Fulfills: H in LS Core
  • HIS1106C-B U.S. History: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course offers an introduction to American history from the beginning of European expansion through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Drawing upon the methods and insights of social, political, and cultural history, the class lectures and discussions will explore a range of topics, including: the colonial encounter, labor systems, racial formation, the movement for independence and the formation of the American Republic, religion and reform movements, the democratic and market Revolutions, the transformation of gender roles, and the causes and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction.Fulfills: H in LS Core

Philosophy

  • PHL1000C-B Introduction to Philosophy
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
A first course in philosophy focusing on classic questions that have stirred the perennial human quest for wisdom.  We will explore such questions as: Are humans free or determined? How do the mind and body interact?  Is ethics just relative to each person or society?  Should there be any limits to the political freedom of citizens?  Does God exist?  The course will introduce students to the methods and culture of philosophy: sympathetic understanding, critical analysis, fair argumentation, and a persistent desire to know the truth whatever it is.  The focus and questions covered will be determined by each instructor. Fulfills PHL in LS Core.

Political Science

  • POL1100C-A Politics of the US
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
An introduction to the American political system, this course examines (1) the Constitutional basis of American politics, (2) the national institutions that are involved in decision-making and public debate (for example, the Presidency and the bureaucracy, the Federal Courts, the Congress, political parties, the media), (3) issues that Americans argue about (rights and liberties, economic benefits, foreign policy), and the processes by which those arguments are conducted and resolved (campaigns and elections, administrative action, legislation, lobbying, publicity). Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and X in LS Core.

Psychology

  • PSY1000C-B Introduction to Psychology
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
Provides a general overview of the wide-ranging field of psychology. Students will explore major concepts and issues in the study of human thinking, feeling, and acting. These include biological foundations of behavior and experience, how people learn and develop, how individuals perceive the world, individual differences in behavior, social influence and social relations, the difference between normative and non-normative behavior, and approaches to therapy. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in psychology. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement  in LS core.

Religious and Theological Studies

  • RTS3030C-A Humans, Earth, & the Sacred: Religion & the Environment
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course surveys different religious traditions and their understandings of nature and human relations to other humans, animals, environment, and cosmos. In each case we will be looking at how those belief systems, or worldviews, result in particular attitudes that affect the environment and other humans by influencing human actions in relation to nature, and in turn how those actions (and thus the worldviews) affect humans, animals, plants, earth, and space, often in unintended ways, such as the way that those on the bottom of the socio-economic ladder suffer greater hardship and health issues such as exposure to pollution or toxins, environmental illnesses, and poorer food sources. Attention will be paid to power structures inherent in religious ways of understanding the roles of humans in relation to nature. Course requires site visits outside of class.Fulfills: Second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. D and X in LS Core.
  • RTS1010C-A World Religion
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course is an introduction to a variety of the world’s religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Indigenous Traditions, Christianity, Islam, and Taoism.  We examine origins, beliefs, practices, sacred texts, and historical and cultural aspects.  Special attention will be given to Christianity and Catholicism.  We will also examine St. Augustine’s life and ideas using various sources.  Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core.

Visual and Performing Arts

  • FAA1320C-B History of Rock & Roll
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
This course covers the history of rock music in Western culture, focusing mainly on British and American contributions to the style.  It begins with an overview of the musics that were predecessors of rock, including early blues, jazz and rhythm and blues, continues through the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950, and traces developments throughout the second half of the 20th century and beyond, culminating in a review of current trends.  Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement.  Fulfills AL and X in LS Core.  

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • WGS2010C-A Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Summer II
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the academic field of Ethnic Studies, and the interdisciplinary questions it poses about the way that race, ethnicity and racism structure our world.  Our focus is within a framework analyzing a range of themes and topics including the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality; issues of power and privilege; immigration; popular culture and representation.  The experiences of various communities of color will be explored including: African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos, Latinas, Native Americans and others.  This course will also introduce major debates and issues facing Ethnic Studies in the 21st century such as immigration rights, Diaspora and globalization.  A variety of mediums will be used in the course including historical and theoretical texts, newspaper articles, online postings, film and cultural analysis. Satisfies  a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC and D in LS Core.  

World Languages and Cultural Studies

  • ITA1110C-A Introductory Italian I
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online
  • Days/Week: T/W/TH, 6:00-9:50PM (synchronous class; meeting days and time required - online)
  • Summer II
This course is offered for absolute beginners only.  This course is not open to heritage speakers or students with any prior study of Italian.  Oral-aural proficiency is acquired through speaking and role playing in class plus audio and visual practice outside of class, including internet drills from the Super Site that accompanies the book.  Students learn basic strategies for reading and writing in the language.  Prerequisite:  no Italian classes on High School Transcript.  Fulfills FL in LS Core.