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Summer I:
May 23 - July 1, 2022
Summer II:
July 11 - August 19, 2022
Summer III:
May 23 - August 19, 2022
Summer VIII - 8 week:
May 23 - July 22, 2022

Summer Session is the Perfect Fit for High School and Pre-College 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 30 courses across more than a dozen subjects
  • Learn from experienced faculty
  • All classes are online - study from home, or anywhere!
  • Merrimack’s Academic Success Center provides you with a wide range of opportunities to help enhance your academic performance.

Top 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 Available to High School and Pre-College Students


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Business

Management

  • MGT1100C-A Introduction to Business
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Jill Guindon-Nasir
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Formerly: BUS1100Primarily for freshmen, the course provides students with an integrative approach to learning the functional areas of business while emphasizing oral and written communication and effective group interaction. Students will learn various technical, organizational and operational aspects of business through active learning opportunities, case discussions, technological applications, and outside activities.

Education and Social Policy

Criminology

  • CRM1000C-A Introduction to Criminology
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
This course explores crime, justice, and punishment. In this course, the causes of crime and the solutions and policies in place to deter or solve crime will be critically examined. We will also examine the social processes whereby crime is defined and detected, and offenders are apprehended and punished. The overall objective of the course is to examine crime and punishment within the context of the society and culture which surrounds it. These topics are connected to inequalities of race, class, and gender, which will be key concerns throughout this course. Coverage of crime and punishment in the popular media is also a central focus of this course. Required for majors. Fulfills: SOSC in LS Core

Human Development

  • HDE1000C-A Introduction to Human Development
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Ada Greenberg
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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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.

Health Sciences

Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

  • EXS1104C-A Introduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Leah Poloskey
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Formerly: SME1104. 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 life style 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. Fulfills: STEM requirement in LS Core.
  • EXS1104C-B Introduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Leah Poloskey
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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Formerly: SME1104This 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 life style 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. Fulfills: STEM requirement in LS Core.

Health Science

  • HSC3103C-A Global Public Health
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Matthew Lovett
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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Global public health is a study of the biological, socioeconomic and environmental contributors to health and disease in populations around the world. Students will investigate the determinants of health, how health status is measured, and will review the burden of disease, risk factors and approaches to global cooperation to address health problems within and between nations for successful interventions. Specific issues underlying strategies and organization for health care delivery and health services will be discussed and linked to community service projects that aim to develop social responsibility through civic engagement and humanitarian activities. Fulfills: STEM in LS Core.
  • HSC1104C-A Introduction to Human Disease
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Becky Socha
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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The course will offer an introduction to human disease appropriate for students of all majors. The human body is a masterpiece of art. The more one understands the functioning of the body, the greater appreciation one has for it. Disease states, the body’s natural attempts to right what is wrong and the compensatory actions involved will be discussed. The general mechanisms of disease as well as specific body systems will be discussed from a human- interest point of view. The course focuses on basic medical concepts that are useful to every student and encourages them to become a medical advocate for themselves or for family members. It is so important to understand doctors and your health care plan, to be able to ask important questions, and to know what questions to ask. In addition, the course will cover many diseases that are ‘in the news’ and allow the student to gain some knowledge and insight into the myths and facts surrounding these diseases. Fulfills: STEM in LS Core.
  • HSC2300C-A Introduction to Nutritional Sciences
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Michael Corcoran
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Introduction to Nutritional Sciences 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. Fulfills: STEM in LS Core.
  • HSC2300C-B Introduction to Nutritional Sciences
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Deanna Pomfret
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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Introduction to Nutritional Sciences 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. Fulfills: STEM in LS Core.
  • HSC1500C-A Introduction to Public Health
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Sarah Benes
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Formerly: HSC3302. Public health aims to understand the occurrence and causes of disease within populations with the goal of prevention and health promotion, through changes in individual behavior, control of infectious disease and environmental health factors, and social and political organization for health improvement. The aim will be to describe the patterns of selected diseases in populations, to explain the causation of disease at the cell/physiological to social levels, to predict disease occurrence and to control disease through prevention strategies aimed at individuals, communities and governments. Fulfills: Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. STEM requirement and X in LS Core.
  • HSC1500C-B Introduction to Public Health
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Paul Fierimonte
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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Formerly: HSC3302. Public health aims to understand the occurrence and causes of disease within populations with the goal of prevention and health promotion, through changes in individual behavior, control of infectious disease and environmental health factors, and social and political organization for health improvement. The aim will be to describe the patterns of selected diseases in populations, to explain the causation of disease at the cell/physiological to social levels, to predict disease occurrence and to control disease through prevention strategies aimed at individuals, communities and governments. Fulfills: Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. STEM requirement and X in LS Core.

Liberal Arts

Communications

  • COM2801C-A Introduction to Communication
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Andrew Tollison
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Formerly: Introduction to Applied CommunicationHaving a great idea is not enough; you have to be able to effectively communicate your idea to others. This course will examine principles of interpersonal, organizational, and community-based communication as a means of shaping how individuals respond to advocacy efforts. The critical skills discussed will help students understand how people influence one another and how one can successfully influence others. This course will prepare students to be competent communicators in a variety of contexts.Fulfills: SOSC in LS Core
  • COM2401C-A Introduction to Media
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Melissa Zimdars
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Formerly: Introduction to Mass Communication. 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. Fulfills: SOSC in LS Core
  • COM1020C-A Public Communication
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Jeff LeBlanc
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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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 serves as a laboratory 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.

English

  • ENG1060C-A Horror Fiction
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Lauren Rocha
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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This introductory-level course will examine our culture’s fascination with narratives involving the supernatural, the deviant and the macabre. It will challenge students to identify the variety of ways in which classic and contemporary horror stories manage to haunt their readers. Fulfills: AL in LS Core
  • ENG1050C-A Introduction to College Writing
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Lauren Rocha
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Formerly: FYW1050. 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. Does not count toward English major or minor. Fulfills: First Year Writing in LS Core.
  • ENG1050C-B Introduction to College Writing
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Lauren Rocha
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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Formerly: FYW1050. 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. Does not count toward English major or minor. Fulfills: First Year Writing in LS Core.
  • ENG2150C-A Introduction to Creative Writing
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Emma Duffy-Comparone
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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Introduction to Creative Writing 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: AL in LS Core
  • ENG1550C-A Major American Authors
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Ellen McWhorter
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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One-semester course designed to introduce students to American literature through the study of writers representing a range of cultures and literary traditions.Fulfills: AL in LS Core.

History

  • HIS1106C-A U.S. History: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Walker Robbins
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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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-A Introduction to Philosophy
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Christopher Brooks
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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This is 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
  • PHL1000C-B Introduction to Philosophy
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Paul D’Ambrosio
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
  • Current Merrimack Students: Register Now
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This is 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-B Politics of the United States
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Mary McHugh
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
  • Current Merrimack Students: Register Now
  • Visiting Students: Register Now
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). Required course for all Political Science Majors and Minors. Fulfills: SOSC and X in LS Core.

Psychology

  • PSY1000C-A Introduction to Psychology
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Michael Stroud
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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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. Prerequisite(s): This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in psychology. Fulfills: SOSC requirement in LS core.
  • PSY1000C-B Introduction to Psychology
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Lauri Kurdziel
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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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. Prerequisite(s): This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in psychology. Fulfills: SOSC requirement in LS core.

Religious and Theological Studies

  • RTS1100C-A Christianity in Context
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Nick DiSalvatore
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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As an introduction to Christianity, this course will investigate a number of the contexts in which it began, in which it developed, and in which we find it today. Students will study Christianity in the historical contexts within the ancient world and of ancient Judaism, in the literary contexts of the Christian Bible and its interpretation, in the intellectual context of church history, and in contemporary global contexts. In keeping with the College’s Augustinian identity, mission, and vision, this course will also highlight the contributions of St. Augustine. Fulfills: RTS in LS Core.
  • RTS1010C-A World Religion
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Nick DiSalvatore
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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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. Fulfills: RTS in LS Core.

Social Justice

  • SOJ1000C-A Introduction to Social Justice (Theory & Practice)
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Ina Kamenova
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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The study of social justice involves questions of power, discrimination and institutionalized violence, deprivation and oppression. This course surveys major philosophical, theological, sociological, cultural, feminist, environmental and political theories of justice. In addition to these theoretical explorations, the course also focuses on narratives of injustice-how people have responded to liberate themselves and how those in power have endeavored to keep their privileged position. As the foundational course for the Social Justice minor and major, this interdisciplinary course exposes students to both historical and contemporary instances of injustice and the various responses people have taken to rectify them, as well as to the practical, organizational aspects of Social Justice work. As an experiential learning course, students will be engaged in a collective volunteering project that will connect the class to Merrimack College’s immediate context. Fulfills: D, E and X in LS Core.

Sociology

  • SOC1600C-A Happiness
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
This interdisciplinary course will analyze the key sources of and debates about happiness. As we explore possibilities of increasing happiness, individually and collectively, we will focus on the relationship between happiness and success, culture, motivation, social media, food, and exercise. This course is based on the assumption that learning, at its best, open minds, changes lives, and is fun. Instead of analyzing abstract ideas that are often hard to relate to, we will constantly connect the issues we explore to your questions, beliefs, and dreams.
  • SOC1400C-A Stress; A Social Psych Perspect
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
This course will analyze the causes, effects, and untapped possibilities of getting better at stress, individually and collectively. As we draw on and fuse together insights from sociology, psychology, and health science, we will explore several key questions: What in our society - in our cultural beliefs/values, social norms, social practices, and social structures - has made the U.S. the most anxious, depressed, and distressed industrialized nation in the world? How does immense wealth inequality generate a toxic social environment that affects and infects our hearts, minds, and relationships? What can we do to hone our ability, as individuals and as a society, to more resourcefully, resiliently, and joyfully meet life’s challenges?How can we connect these timely issues to your questions and beliefs, your challenges and dreams?

Visual and Performing Arts

  • ART1210C-A Creative Drawing I
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Synchronous
  • Days/Week: Wed - 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Summer Session 3
Creative Drawing I is an introductory-level studio course designed to teach students fundamental principles of the drawing medium, as well as the role of drawing in the generation and communication of ideas. This course provides an in-depth investigation of the fundamentals of drawing including line, tone, gesture, mark-making, space, depth, perspective, and additive/subtractive processes, as well as principles of language through visual organization and representation. In addition to these fundamental skills, the class will also explore drawing’s connection to contemporary practices in art and design. Note: Synchronous online meeting required weekly.
  • MUS1320C-A History of Rock & Roll
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Andrew Cote
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
  • Current Merrimack Students: Register Now
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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. Fulfills: AL and X in LS Core.
  • MUS1320C-B History of Rock & Roll
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Andrew Cote
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
  • Current Merrimack Students: Register Now
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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. Fulfills: AL and X in LS Core.

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • WGS1010C-A Introduction to Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Marybeth Salerno
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
  • Current Merrimack Students: Register Now
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Formerly: Gender, Race, and Society. This is the introductory course to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s and Gender Studies. It focuses on gender as a useful category to analyze structures, institutions, relationships, and social problems in the U.S. and globally. Students will learn such key concepts as the social construction of gender, power and privilege, patriarchy, and intersectionality. Using the tools of multiple disciplines - history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, media studies, philosophy, political science - the course explores social and cultural notions about gender and sexuality and the role of institutions in maintaining and reinforcing norms. Topics include gender-based violence, workplace discrimination, and the relationship between sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other systems of oppression and inequality. The course looks at the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and nation with such areas as work, education, media/technology, family, religion, and politics. Students will also social movements that have and continue to emerge to promote gender equality and social justice in the US and globally.Fulfills: SOSC and D in LS Core. Note: Required for the Women’s and Gender Studies Major and Minor.
  • WGS2010C-A Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Marybeth Salerno
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the academic field of Race and Ethnic Studies, and the interdisciplinary questions it poses about the way that race, ethnicity, and racism structure our world. The course analyzes 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, Latinx, Native Americans and others. This course will also introduce major debates and issues facing Race and 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. Fulfills: SOSC and D in LS Core.
  • WGS3300C-A US Women’s History
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Katina Manko-Mitchell
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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This class will provide an examination of the history of women in America. It will include history prior to colonization, up to the present. The course will explore women’s roles in US Society and the intersection of gender, class, culture, ethnicity and sexuality in shaping women’s historical experiences across time. The course will examine the transformations and continuities in women’s lives as well as the political, social, economic and cultural factors that inspired, infused or inhibited women’s changing roles. This class also explores the ways in which race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity have operated to unite and divide disparate groups of women. Fulfills: H and D in LS Core.

World Languages

  • SPA1010C-A Beginner’s Spanish I
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Synchronous
  • Days/Week: T/W/TH, 6:00pm-8:30pm
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Wanda Ocasio-Rivera
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Formerly: SPA1110 Introductory Spanish I. This course is offered for absolute beginners only. This course is not open to heritage speakers or students with any prior study of Spanish. Oral-aural Proficiency is acquired through speaking and role playing in class plus audio and visual practice outside of class, including mandatory language lab. Students learn basic strategies for reading and writing in the language.Prerequisite(s): No Spanish classes on high school transcript. Fulfills: FL in LS Core
  • ITA1700C-A Italian-Americans in Film
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Cinzia DiGiulio
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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Formerly: ITA2550. From the premise that the visual image is a most powerful tool in the creation and structuring of collective systems of values, this course focuses on the cinematic representation of Italian-Americans in the works of major American and Italian-American directors from the silent era to the present. In addition, it provides a historical account of the Italian- American experience of male and female immigrants. Taught in English. Fulfills: AL in LS Core.

Science and Engineering

Biology

  • BIO2009C-A Environmental Science
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: David MacLaren
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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The course engages students to inquire the linkages between ecological systems, human systems and human perturbations of natural ecological systems. Emphasis is placed on applied environmental issues that currently confront the planet. Students will also discuss the process of biological/ecological inquiry and the nature of science. This course will acquaint students with some of the social, economic, political, and ethical aspects of environmental problems following an introduction to the basic principles of ecology - the study of the interactions among organisms and their physical environment. The future of our society depends on whether Homo sapiens can learn to live in harmony with the global ecosystem so that it can support civilization. Knowing how the world ecosystem works permits more than knowledgeable participation in the great decisions of our day. Consideration will be given to alternative ways of organizing our society in accordance with sound ecological principles. Fulfills: STEM in LS CoreNote: This course does not count toward the Biology Majors or Minor.
  • BIO1106C-A Human Biology
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: David MacLaren
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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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 in LS Core. Note: Reserved for students majoring in Psychology or Human Development.

Chemistry

  • CHM1000C-A Adventures in Chemistry
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Joseph Chiarelli
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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This chemistry course is for non-science majors. Topics include the scientific method, radioactivity, atomic structure, basic principles of chemistry as they apply to air and water pollution, and the political ramifications of worldwide chemical use. Not open to science and engineering majors or any student that has completed any other chemistry course.

Mathematics

  • MTH1000C-A Concepts in Algebra
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 2
  • Instructor: Sujatha Thiruvengadathan
  • 07/11/2022-08/19/2022
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A one semester course designed to develop fundamental algebraic and problem-solving concepts and skills. Topics include linear, quadratic, square root, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and equations. This course utilizes individual investigation, problem-solving, and writing in order to enhance students’ understanding of algebraic models and the problem-solving process. Students are expected to work independently, with the assistance of the professor and math fellow(s), through an online experience that is personalized and continuously adaptive based on individual performance. A laptop/iPad and a scientific calculator are required. This course is open only to students whose Placement Exam results indicate that they need further preparation for subsequent mathematics courses. Fulfills: Q in LS Core Note: Though the class is online-asynchronous, assessments must be completed synchronously during the professor’s office hours. Office hour times will be planned with students’ schedules in mind.
  • MTH1016C-A Pre-Calculus
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 8 - 8 weeks
This course develops students’ mathematical problem-solving skills and prepares students for courses in calculus and the sciences. Emphasis is on the creation and use of functions and graphs to explain the relationship between quantities in applied problems. Types of functions investigated include linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and their inverses. Graphing calculator is required. We recommend TI-84+. This course is not open to students who have credit for any math course numbered MTH 1115 or higher. Fulfills: Q in LS Core

Science and Engineering

  • GEN2060C-A Environmental Geology: Resources
  • 4 Credit(s)
  • Format: Online - Asynchronous
  • Summer Session 1
  • Instructor: Cynthia Carlson
  • 05/23/2022-07/01/2022
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An introduction to the relationship between humans and the geological environment with a focus on natural resources, waste disposal, and climate change. Fulfills: STEM requirement in LS Core