Merrimack Summer Session Courses

Take the summer to catch up or get ahead with Merrimack College’s Summer Session. Explore our summer course offerings below.

  • Registration is open.
  • Most Merrimack summer courses are four credits and $456 per credit ($1824 per four-credit course).

Course Format

Most summer session courses are online and asynchronous. Please review course details to determine if your course is offered on-campus; online and asynchronous; or online and synchronous. Unsure about what these modalities mean? Here’s a summary:

  • On-campus – At least part of the coursework must be completed in person on Merrimack’s campus in North Andover, MA. All courses with an on-campus component involve either labs or experiential learning.
  • Online and Asynchronous – Online course materials can be accessed and completed at any time within the parameters set by your professor. There’s no real-time interaction. Students complete the work when their schedule allows, keeping in mind due dates set by faculty.
  • Online and Synchronous - Online, live classes that meet on a specific day and time with the faculty (specific day/time are noted on the course).

  • Summer Schedule & Cost

    • Summer 1 Session: May 20-June 28
    • Summer 2 Session: July 8-Aug. 16
    • Summer 3 Session: May 20-Aug. 16
    • Summer 8 (math classes): May 20-July 19
    Regardless of length, the majority of Merrimack summer courses are four credits and $456 per credit ($1824 per four-credit course).

    Summer Courses Available

    Accounting

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    ACC3303CIntermediate Accounting IOA4Online - AsynchronousSusan Kennard7/8/2024-8/16/2024The Intermediate Accounting course sequence constitutes the "keystone" of the accounting curriculum for accounting concentrates. The central theme of the Intermediate Accounting course sequence is financial accounting and the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) by which it is governed. The objective of the course sequence is to allow the students to develop a sophisticated comprehension of GAAP, the related theory underlying these GAAP and the corresponding practices, procedures and techniques employed in their application. Intermediate Accounting I concentrates on their application to economic resources (assets). Prerequisite: BUS 2203 and MTH1003 (or course equivalent: MTH1016, 115 or 1217.
    ACC2203CAccounting for BusinessOA4Online - AsynchronousAlison Sawyer5/20/2024-6/28/2024A computer and project based course designed to develop the students' ability to read and interpret internal and external financial reports, understand their underlying concepts, use their information in making informed decisions, and understand the effects of management decisions on these reports and the financial performance of the business. Topics include the basic concepts of the accounting process, preparation of the financial statements, analysis and application of the generally accepted accounting principles used to account for the various elements of the balance sheet and income statement, accounting for manufacturing operations, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant costing, budgeting, and financial statement analysis.

    Biology and Chemistry

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    BIO1106CHuman BiologyOA4Online - AsynchronousDave MacLaren7/08/2024-8/16/2024An 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. Prerequisite: none. Not open to BIO/HSC majors. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    BIO2009CEnvironmental ScienceOA4Online - AsynchronousDave MacLaren5/20/2024-6/28/2024The 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. Students will read several topical papers and conduct a semester-long investigation on an approved topic. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requiement in LS Core. This course does not count toward the Biology Majors or Minor.
    CHM1110CGeneral Chemistry IOA4Online - AsynchronousStephen Theberge5/20/2024-6/28/2024This chemistry course is for science majors. Topics include the composition of matter, the mole, stoichiometry, atomic structure, molecular bonding and structure, and the solid and liquid states. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving techniques. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite: one year of High School Chemistry and MTH 1000 or placing out of MTH 1000 on the math placement test. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    CHM1110LCGeneral Chemistry I LabOA0On campus: Tues - 9am-12pm, Cushing 308Stephen Theberge5/20/2024-6/28/2024Summer session 2024 - one three-hour laboratory a week ON CAMPUS
    CHM2210COrganic Chemistry IOA4Online - AsynchronousJimmy Franco5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course is an introduction to the chemistry of carbon. The concepts of bonding, structure, and classification of compounds by functional groups, as well as reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers are presented from a mechanistic viewpoint. Stereochemical principles are emphasized. Infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry are introduced. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHM 1120. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. SU-24 - one three-hour laboratory a week ON CAMPUS
    CHM2210LCOrganic Chemistry I LabOA0On campus: Tues - 9am-12pm, Palmasano 372Jimmy Franco5/20/2024-6/28/2024Summer session 2024 - one three-hour laboratory a week ON CAMPUS

    Communications

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    COM1020CPublic CommunicationOA4Online - AsynchronousJill Flanagan5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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.
    COM2801CIntroduction to CommunicationOA4Online - AsynchronousMiranda Na7/08/2024-8/16/2024Having 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 you both understand how people are influencing you, and how you can more successfully influence others. This course will prepare you to be a competent communicator in a variety of contexts. Fulfills SOSC in LS core.
    COM2401CIntroduction to MediaOA4Online - AsynchronousMelissa Zimdars5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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.

    Computer & Data Science

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    CSC1610CProblem Solving with ProgrammingOA4Online - AsynchronousJhansi Prathuri5/20/2024-6/28/2024An introduction to computer science techniques with an emphasis on algorithm, test driven design, development and structured programming. Topics include program development, modularity, streams, control structures, functions, recursion and arrays. For Computer Science and Information Technology majors, a minimum grade of C is required to continue in the major. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.

    Criminology

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    CRM1100CThe Criminal Justice SystemOA4Online - AsynchronousElizabeth Brault7/08/2024-8/16/2024This course provides an overview of the US Criminal justice system, with a focus on this case processing of adults. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the historical development of the criminal justice system, how police, courts, and the correctional system operate, and how these branches work together to form a single justice system. Current policy issues and reforms will be assessed, with a focus on evidence based policies to produced desired outcomes (e.g., crime control, proportional punishment, equitable treatment). Overarching themes investigated throughout the course include discretion among criminal justice actors, disparities in justice processing, balancing the various objectives of criminal punishment (e.g., crime control, just deserts, rehabilitation), decentralization of decision-making, and "best practices" for a criminal justice system in a democratic society. Required for majors. Fulfills the Social Science requirement in LS Core.
    CRM1000CIntroduction to CriminologyOA4Online - AsynchronousKathleen Burns5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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. Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.

    Education

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    EDU2210CChild Growth & DevelopmentOA4Online - AsynchronousRena Stroud 5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course will introduce students to theories and principles of child and early adolescent development. The course will specifically address the application of such theories to educational practice, examining the biological, cognitive and social changes associated with development, birth through early adolescence. Students will engage in a service learning project to gain understanding of children in this age range. Fulfills SOSC and X in LS Core.
    SOJ1000CIntroduction to Social Justice (Theory & Practice)OA4Online - AsynchronousKamenova, Ina5/20/2024-6/28/2024The 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 E, D, and X in LS Core.

    Engineering

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    GEN2012CMechanics of Materials II - Deformable SolidsOA4Online-Synchronous, M/W - 5:30pm-6:30pmFairborz Forghan7/08/2024-8/16/2024Study of the fundamental mechanics of how materials behave when subjected to loadings, and how and why materials fail. Fundamental concepts of stress and strain, and the relationships between them. Effects of axial, shear, bending, and torsional loadings on the response of load-carrying members (such as beams, columns, shafts, tubes, and pressure vessels), and methods to determine the stress, stiffness, stability, and external deformations of these systems. Students will conduct laboratory tests for evaluating the engineering behavior of materials, and will analyze, evaluate, and communicate experimental results. Prerequisite(s): GEN 2010, MTH 1218.

    English

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    ENG1050CIntroduction to College WritingOA4Online - AsynchronousLauren Rocha5/20/2024-6/28/2024Introduction 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.
    ENG1050CIntroduction to College WritingOB4Online - AsynchronousLauren Rocha7/08/2024-8/16/2024Introduction 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.
    ENG2050HIntroduction to Literary Studies-HonorsOA4Online - AsynchronousEllen McWhorter7/08/2024-8/16/2024This course introduces students to such traditional literary genres as fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as newer and emerging forms such as the graphic novel, creative non-fiction, digital storytelling, and film. Emphasis is given to teaching students to read closely and to write analytically. The course also familiarizes students with a variety of interpretive strategies. Students leave the course recognizing the value of close reading and self-conscious interpretation. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills AL in LS Core. This is an honors level course - Instructor permission is required, please contact Professor McWhoter - mcwhortere@merrimack.edu.
    ENG2150CIntroduction to Creative WritingOA4Online - AsynchronousEmma Duffy-Comparone7/08/2024-8/16/2024Introduces 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.

    Environmental Science

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    GEN2060CEnvironmental Geology: ResourcesOA4Online - AsynchronousCynthia Carlson5/20/2024-6/28/2024An introduction to the relationship between humans and the geological environment with a focus on natural resources, waste disposal, and climate change. This course fulfills a STEM in LS core.

    Exercise Science

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    EXS1104CIntroduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and WellnessOA4Online - AsynchronousLeah Poloskey5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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 a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    EXS1104CIntroduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and WellnessOB4Online - AsynchronousLeah Poloskey7/08/2024-8/16/2024This 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 a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    EXS1104CIntroduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and WellnessOC4Online - AsynchronousLindsey Carbone7/08/2024-8/16/2024This 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 a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    EXS3311CExercise Physiology with Integrated labOA4Online - AsynchronousAlvin Morton7/08/2024-8/16/2024A detailed examination of cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic physiology, responses to acute exercise, and exercise training adaptations. Laboratory will emphasize exercise testing procedures and techniques as well as research principles. Prerequisites: HSC 1122 and HSC 1123.

    Finance

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    FIN2500CManagerial FinanceOA4Online - AsynchronousFan Chen 5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course introduces the basics of a standard finance course. The goal is to provide a comfortable level of understanding of financial markets and securities for all business majors. The course will develop the financial skills and knowledge that will help them interact with the other functions of the firm to make good managerial decisions. The main topics included in the course are outlined under five main areas: (1) financial markets and institutions in a global environment; (2) financial ratios, budgeting, a firm�s pro forma financial statements, and cash flows determining firm value; (3) time value of money tools and concepts (compounding, discounting, annuities, and perpetuities); (4) relationship between risk and return; and (5) the basics of bond & stock valuation. Prerequisites: MGT 1100, ACC 2203, MTH 1003 (or course equivalent: MTH 1016, 1115, or 1217), and ECO1201.
    FIN4433CPortfolio AnalysisOA4Online - AsynchronousFan Chen 5/20/2024-6/28/2024This is an advanced investments course that assumes proficiency with the principles of portfolio management, market efficiency, and asset pricing. The course covers asset classes, equity, fixed income, derivatives, and financial markets. The method of delivery focuses on case studies and financial modeling practice. Prerequisite(s): FIN 3325.

    Foreign Language

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    SPA1020CIntroductory Spanish IIOA4Online-Synchronous, T/W/TH - 6:00pm-8:30pmWanda Ocasio-Rivera7/08/2024-8/16/2024Formerly: SPA1120 Introductory Spanish II This course is offered for students with little or no background in Spanish. This course is not open to heritage speakers. 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): Placed at this level by Placement Test or SPA 1010 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. Fulfills: FL in LS Core
    SPA1010CBeginner’s Spanish IOA4Online-Synchronous, T/W/TH - 6:00pm-8:30pmWanda Ocasio-Rivera5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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: no Spanish classes on High School Transcript. Fulfills FL in LS Core.
    ITA1010CBeginner's Italian IOA4Online-Synchronous, M/W/F - 9:00am-12:00pmKatherine Smith 5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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.

    Health Science

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    HSC1122CAnatomy and Physiology I w/ Integrated labOA4Online - AsynchronousDesiree Jubinville5/20/2024-6/28/2024 An introduction to the structure and function of the human body. This course will focus on the basic principles of cells and tissues, and the integumentary, musculoskeletal, central and peripheral nervous, sensory, and endocrine systems. The laboratory is a required component that will provide the opportunity for the student to understand, acquire and develop the practical skills necessary to comprehend the structure and function of the human body. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. SUMMER 2024 - Integrated lab is ONLINE
    HSC1123CAnatomy and Physiology II w/ Integrated labOB4Online - AsynchronousDesiree Jubinville 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: HSC1122. SUMMER 2024 - Integrated lab is ONLINE
    HSC3332CFoundations of Health PolicyOA4Online - AsynchronousAllison Higgins5/20/2024-6/28/2024The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to health policy, which is the ways in which the government plays a role in overall health and in health care. This course will provide an overall understanding and analysis of a range of health policy issues and the US health care system, including health insurance, health economics, individual rights in health care, and health care quality and access.
    HSC1104CIntroduction to Human DiseaseOA4Online - AsynchronousBecky Socha5/20/2024-6/28/2024The 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. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    HSC2300CIntroduction to Nutritional SciencesOA4Online - AsynchronousMichael Corcoran5/20/2024-6/28/2024Nutrition, 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.
    HSC2300CIntroduction to Nutritional SciencesOB4Online - AsynchronousJennifer Lundy7/08/2024-8/16/2024Nutrition, 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.
    HSC1500CIntroduction to Public HealthOA4Online - AsynchronousSarah Benes5/20/2024-6/28/2024Public 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. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement and X in LS Core.

    History

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    HIS1106CU.S. History IOA4Online - AsynchronousEdward Martin5/20/2024-6/28/2024U.S. History I: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction 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. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H in LS Core.
    HIS1106CU.S. History IOB4Online - AsynchronousCharlotte Richard7/08/2024-8/16/2024U.S. History I: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction 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. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H in LS Core.
    HIS3331CSlaves and Spice: A History of the Indian OceanOA4Online - AsynchronousTom Anderson5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course explores the history of the Indian Ocean World from the rise of Islam through the modern era. For centuries, the lucrative spice trade captivated the attention of empires, drawing in merchants and seafarers from across Asia and Europe, as well as pirates and soldiers seeking fortune, pilgrims and missionaries spreading religion, and slaves and servants toiling in fields and homes. We will examine this cosmopolitan world including the rise of empires and European trading companies to understand how it forged today's interconnected world. Course topics include slavery, piracy, disease, war, religion, and the fabled spice trade. Fulfills H (Historical Studies) requirement in LS core

    Human Development and Human Services

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    HDE2130CDiversity, Social Justice, & EthicsOA4Online - AsynchronousDan Sarofian-Butin5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course will focus on issues of diversity, social justice, and ethics within various educational and social contexts. Its purpose is to develop theoretical, conceptual, and pedagogical foundations for supporting issues of equity and access. An understanding of the socio-historical context and the influence of the dominant culture on historically marginalized individuals and groups will be studied. Additionally, this course will explore the adaptive capabilities of strengths of marginalized groups and how such capabilities and strengths can be used in effective community engagement. Ethical theories and moral reasoning will be used to enhance an understanding and analysis of ethical issues inherent in working and supporting issues of diversity, equity, and access. Students will explore their own personal values, beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, in particular, disadvantaged and oppressed persons. The exploration of their own values will be made in relation to the different ethical theories studied in the course. This course fulfills the Diversity (D), Ethics (E), and Experiential Learning (X) Liberal Studies Core Requirements. Not open to incoming HDHS/C/K, TED, CCJ majors.
    HDE2200CCommunication DisordersOA4Online - AsynchronousRachel Aghara5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course is for students who are considering careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, nursing, education, human development and human service, health, exercise and rehabilitation sciences, or social work. It provides students with an overview of the scientific study of communication, the nature of communication and swallowing disorders, and the various disorders that interfere with communication and swallowing. Students will participate in the course through recorded lectures, online discussions, video observations, and online meetings with their instructor.
    HDE2230CApplied Adolescent DevelopmentOA4Online - AsynchronousJames Howland5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course will focus on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of adolescent development from an applied perspective. Specifically, issues related to teaching adolescents in middle schools and high schools, grades 5-12, will be considered. Students will engage in a service learning project to gain understanding of children in this age range. Fulfills X in LS Core.
    HDE1000CIntroduction to Human Development OA4Online - AsynchronousAda Greenberg 5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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. Fulfills: SOSC in LS Core

    Management

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    MGT1100CIntroduction to BusinessOA4Online - AsynchronousJill Guindon-Nasir5/20/2024-6/28/2024The 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.
    MGT1150CTechnology Skills for BusinessOA4Online - AsynchronousTahir Hameed5/20/2024-6/28/2024 This course will get students ready for a career in business by teaching them how to properly use some of the most popular software in industry. Students will learn how to import, clean, and manipulate data in order to draw empirically supported conclusions. In addition, students will learn how to create dashboards, documents, and presentations which will help them communicate their conclusions effectively.
    MGT3110COperations ManagementOA4Online - AsynchronousThomas Collins7/08/2024-8/16/2024The course is designed to provide students majoring in business administration with an overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of operations management (OM). The focus of operations in the process of converting or transforming resources into products and services. The principal responsibilities of operations managers lie in making sound, cost-effective decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of both manufacturing and service organizations. The process of planning, implementing and monitoring the production allows operations managers to continuously improve in providing high quality goods and services at low cost thereby adding more value for the customer. Prerequisites: MGT 1100, ACC 2203 & MGT 2120. Fulfills X in LS Core.
    MGT3120COrganizational BehaviorOA4Online - AsynchronousSirkwoo Jin5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed through the Business Enterprise core courses. The course will focus on individual and group level organizational behavior within domestic and international contexts, with specific emphasis on leadership, power, communication, negotiation, organizational change and self-managed team processes. This course is designed to deepen students' understanding of behavioral theories and provide them with opportunities to apply that learning to inter-personal, group and organizational problems. This is an experiential course and it is recommended for students planning to apply to graduate school in business or related areas. Prerequisite MGT 1100 and Sophomore standing or permission. Fulfills X in LS Core.
    MGT3130CLegal Environment of BusinessOA4Online - AsynchronousRick Arrowood5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the general framework of the legal environment in which twenty-first century business is expected to operate. The primary objective is to acquaint students with the many practical legal issues they should be cognizant of and are likely to encounter throughout their business careers. Class discussion will emphasize current court case decisions of the state and federal appellate courts and United States Supreme Court as appropriate. Students will appreciate how the law is integrated into the development of strategic business decisions. Primary course topics will be drawn from the following business law categories: 1. Government Regulation of Businessand the Court System 2. The Law of Contracts, Sales and an Introduction to the Uniform Commercail Code (UCC) 3. The Law of Torts; Negligence, Strict Liability and Product Liability with some applications to Professional Responsibility 4. The Law of Agency and Employment 5. Methods of Business Formation including Propriettorships, Parternships, Corporations and Special Business Forms. Prerequisite: MGT 1100 and Sophomore standing or permission.
    MGT3430CEthics and Social ResponsibilityOA4Online - AsynchronousLinda Richelson5/20/2024-6/28/2024Ethics and Social Responsibility provides students with opportunities to examine the meaning of business ethics and the social responsibility of business in light of the numerous high profile challenges that managers face in the current business environment. Varying ethical approaches will be applied to ethical leadership and the management of conflicting values confronting business leaders on a daily basis. The more global issue of balancing principles of good business with priciples of ethical behavior in various cultures will be discussed. Students will participate in a significant service-learning project in this course.
    MGT3510CInternational ManagementOA4Online - AsynchronousMartin Chatterton5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course focuses on the basic elements that one must understand when doing business across borders. The primary purpose of the course is to create awareness of and sensitivity to the decisions confronting the multinational business in order to prepare individuals to support companies' moves from domestic to foreign environments. Students analyze the various external forces faced by geocentric leaders/managers. They examine operational issues and develop business strategies necessary for success in the global race for profitable growth. Lectures, class discussions, and case analyses help students to explore management and economic issues critical to the success of a geocentric employee/manager. Prerequisites: MGT 1100.

    Marketing

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    MKT3400CSocial Media MarketingOA4Online - AsynchronousJames Frackleton07/10/2023-8/18/2023The basic principles of advertising, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, publicity and personal selling,as well as other forms of promotion are studied. The course will examine the factors affecting promotional decisions as well as the development of effective marketing communication strategies. Topics include establishment of objectives, identifying target audiences, budgeting, formulation, design and testing of message, media selection, and analysis of effectiveness in the context of an integrated marketing plan and ethical considerations. Students will have an opportunity to apply their analytical and creative skills by developing actual TV, radio, and print ads as well as write press releases using real world, practical and contemporary communication case studies. Prerequisite: MKT2205 or permission of the instructor.
    MKT3303CAdvertising and PromotionsOA4Online - AsynchronousPatricia Clarke07/10/2023-8/18/2023Businesses are currently facing a fundamental change in the ways that consumers interact with brands and each other. Social media has connected consumers with family and friends while also giving them considerable power over marketers and brands. This course offers an overview of how marketing has changed due to the increasing prominence of social media as a digital marketing tool. The curriculum of this course is designed to equip students with the relevant knowledge, perspectives, and practical skills required to both develop and present an effective social media marketing strategy. Prerequisite: MKT2205.
    SPM3005CSport MarketingOA4Online - AsynchronousTaeso Ahn07/10/2023-8/18/2023Building on foundational concepts in marketing, students will explore unique aspects of the sport industry and marketing to sport consumers. Numerous sectors of the industry will be explored, including both professional and intercollegiate spectator sport, apparel, fitness, etc. With regard to spectator sport, students will consider the unique challenges facing sport marketers, most notably a lack of control over the core product. Topics include promotion, public relations, event sponsorship, strategic marketing, consumer behavior, and brand management.
    MKT2205CPrinciples of MarketingOA4Online - AsynchronousBenjamin Larkin5/20/2024-6/28/2024The marketing course introduces marketing as a functional area of a business enterprise. You will study numerous marketing principles and functions, including the marketing concept, the marketing mix, buyer behavior, market segmentation, product position, and marketing research, all within a global context. Prerequisite(s): MGT 1100.

    Mathematics

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    MTH1505CApplied Statistics and Probability for EngineersOA4Online - AsynchronousPaula Bordogna7/08/2024-8/16/2024An introduction to applied statistical and probability methods in engineering dealing with discrete and continuous variables, joint distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, regression, design of experiments and control charts. Statistical computer packages will be used in connection with some of the material studied. Graphing calculator is required. We recommend TI-84+. Prerequisite: MTH 1217. Fulfills Q in LS Core.
    MTH1111CBasic StatisticsOA4Online - AsynchronousJack Driscoll5/20/2024-7/19/2024Basic methods of statistical inference including the organization and analysis of data, sampling theory, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression analysis, and analysis of variance. MTH 1111 is not open to students with credit for MTH 2527, MTH 1505, BE 213, or ST 211. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills Q and a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    MTH1111CBasic StatisticsOB4Online - AsynchronousJames Clark5/20/2024-7/19/2024Basic methods of statistical inference including the organization and analysis of data, sampling theory, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression analysis, and analysis of variance. MTH 1111 is not open to students with credit for MTH 2527, MTH 1505, BE 213, or ST 211. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills Q and a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    MTH1217CCalculus IOA4Online - AsynchronousSarah Smith5/20/2024-7/19/2024A first course in calculus for functions of a single variable. Limits, derivatives, and integrals of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, and applications of differentiation, including related rates, optimization, and the evaluation of indeterminate forms will be covered. Graphing calculator is required. We recommend TI-84+. Prerequisite: MTH 1016 or exemption from MTH 1016 through the Mathematics Placement exam. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills Q and a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    MTH1218CCalculus IIOA4Online - AsynchronousRebecca Hawthorne5/20/2024-7/19/2024A continuation of MTH 1217 for functions of a single variable. Includes techniques and applications of integration, sequences, and series, including Taylor series. Graphing calculator is required. We recommend TI-84+. Prerequisite: MTH 1217. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills Q and a STEM requirement in LS Core.
    MTH2219CCalculus IIIOA4Online - AsynchronousJonathan Grossman5/20/2024-7/19/2024Functions in parametric form and the calculus of these functions, including polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates. Vectors in two and three dimensional space and the calculus of vector-valued functions. Lines, planes, and surfaces in three dimensional space. The calculus of functions of several variables: limits, partial and directional derivatives, gradient, tangent planes and normal lines, relative maxima and minima, double and triple integrals in rectangular and polar form. Graphing calculator is required. We recommend TI-84+. Computer algebra software may also be required. Prerequisite: MTH 1218.
    MTH1016CPre- CalculusOA4Online - AsynchronousStephen Smith5/20/2024-7/19/2024This course develops students' mathematical problem-solving skills and prepares students for courses in calculus and science. 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+. Fulfills Q in LS Core.

    Philosophy

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    PHL1000CIntroduction to PhilosophyOA4Online - AsynchronousChristopher Brooks5/20/2024-6/28/2024A 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.
    PHL1000CIntroduction to PhilosophyOB4Online - AsynchronousKaplan Hasanoglu7/08/2024-8/16/2024A 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.
    PHL1000HCIntroduction to PhilosophyOA4Online - AsynchronousPeter Ellard7/08/2024-8/16/2024A 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. This is an honors level course and requires permission of the instructor - please reach out to Dr. Peter Ellard directly, ellardp@merrimack.edu.
    PHL2020WCPerspectives on the Good LifeOA4Online - AsynchronousOwen Glyn-Williams7/08/2024-8/16/2024Before it comes to an end, how shall I spend the life I have? What would make that life genuinely worth living? We will seek the guidance of many masters: East and West, ancient and modern, women and men and from diverse races. We have much to consider, but the main challenge for each of us is to shape a perspective we can each embrace as our own. What could be more important? Prerequisite: PHL 1000. Satisfies a second institutional requirement in Philosophy if needed or a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfill E and W in LS Core.
    PHL2060CBiomedical EthicsOA4Online - AsynchronousBrian Hanley7/08/2024-8/16/2024A critical examination of moral issues in medicine and bioethics. Topics will be selected from among the following: the physician relationship; informed consent; research ethics; issues at the end of life including euthanasia and physician assisted suicide; the allocation of scarce medical resources; race and gender in medicine; reproductive and genetic control, etc. Ethical theories and principles will be introduced to help analyze the chosen issues. Prerequisite: PHL 1000. Satisfies a second institutional requirement in Philosophy if needed or a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills E in LS Core.
    PHL2070CEnvironmental EthicsOA4Online - AsynchronousPeter Ellard7/08/2024-8/16/2024Environmental Ethics concerns humanity's relationship with nature. In addition to questions about our moral obligations to other humans, animals, plants, ecosystems, and future generations, the course will also look at recent work on the Land Ethic, Ecofascism, Deep Ecology, Global Ecocentrism, Ecofeminism, Social Ecology, and Sustainability. We will begin with a brief look at some background texts before turning to philosophical analysis of such contemporary issues as climate change, renewable energy, pollution, and sustainability. Prerequisite: a 1000-level philosophy course. Satisfies a second institutional requirement in Philosophy if needed or a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills E in LS Core.

    Political Science

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    POL1100CPolitics of the USOA4Online - AsynchronousMary McHugh7/08/2024-8/16/2024An 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.
    POL1500CComparative PoliticsOA4Online - AsynchronousHarry Wessel5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course examines a variety of important issues, such as why are some countries democratic while others are not, what is a state and how did states come about, what is colonialism and how did it shape the present and future of billions of people? The course addresses these questions through an introduction to the study of comparative politics - the art and science of comparing political systems in order to raise and evaluate claims about politics. The substantive material draws on developed and developing parts of the world and covers contemporary as well as recent historical events. Required course for all Political Science Majors and Minors. Fulfills: SOSC & D in LS Core.

    Psychology

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    PSY1000CIntroduction to PsychologyOA4Online - AsynchronousMichael Stroud5/20/2024-6/28/2024Provides 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.
    PSY1000CIntroduction to PsychologyOB4Online - AsynchronousLauri Kurdziel7/08/2024-8/16/2024Provides 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.
    PSY2310CLifespan Development PsychologyOA4Online - AsynchronousLinda Stroud5/20/2024-6/28/2024Explores the development of a typical human being from conception to death. Investigates patterns of change in biology, cognition, personality, social interaction, and relationships that take place throughout the lifespan. Considers several conceptual issues including progression and regression, health and illness, normality and abnormality. Note that students who have already received credit for PSY2300 cannot receive credit for PSY2310. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.
    PSY2470CThe Psychology of TraumaOA4Online - AsynchronousAleksandra Plocha7/08/2024-8/16/2024Explores the psychology of trauma and human resilience. This course explores the range of posttraumatic reactions to a variety of situations as they affect cognitive, emotional, somatic and interpersonal aspects of functioning. Students will be exposed to an overview of the etiology of and prevailing theories about PTSD. Factors contributing to the resilience to trauma as well as societal, cultural, and historical influences on views of trauma will also be discussed. Pre-requisite: PSY1000, Introduction to Psychology.
    PSY3250CCultural PsychologyOA4Online - AsynchronousAlia Aboulhosn5/20/2024-6/28/2024Analyzes current theories and research on culture, race and ethnicity; and explores the ways in which the individual, social relations and culture mutually constitute each other. The course analyzes the rich interconnections between language and culture, and the role of culture in the construction of self and higher-order psychological processes. Students will examine cultural groups within and outside of the United States. Also includes consideration of cultural issues in the interpretation of personal experience and the role of cultural diversity in contemporary society. Prerequisite: PSY 1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and D in LS Core.
    PSY3340CDevelopmental PsychopathologyOA4Online - AsynchronousGwyne White7/08/2024-8/16/2024Explores psychological disorders that affect children. Topics include depression, autism, suicide, hyperactivity, mental retardation and learning disabilities. Also investigates treatment modalities and theories of etiology.
    PSY2460CAbnormal PsychologyOA4Online - AsynchronousGwyne White5/20/2024-6/28/2024 Examination of basic issues in psychopathology. Focus on description, etiology and treatment of neurosis, character disorder, and psychosis from varying theoretical and clinical perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY1000. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.

    Religious and Theological Studies

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    RTS1010CWorld ReligionOA4Online - AsynchronousNicholas DiSalvatore7/08/2024-8/16/2024This 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.
    RTS1100CChristianity in ContextOA4Online - AsynchronousNicholas DiSalvatore5/20/2024-6/28/2024As 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. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core.
    RTS1947HCSaints, Sinners and the SacredOA4Online - AsynchronousPeter Ellard5/20/2024-6/28/2024Humans have a long and complex history with what is often called "the sacred," "the divine," "the holy," or God. This course examines human understandings of and reactions to the sacred through narrative. The course begins with the foundational figure in Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth, by engaging in an academic study of the gospels. We will employ the methods of modern biblical criticism to examine the stories and interpretations of the life and teachings of Jesus. The course them moves to the life, thought, and legacy of a seminal figure in Western Christinan history, Augustine of Hippo. The course concludes with an examination of select religious narratives from the contemporary period and/or other religions. Fulfills the RTS requirement in LS Core. Honors level course - requires faculty permission, please contact Dr. Ellard - ellardp@merrimack.edu
    RTS2820CBioethics & Healthcare: Theological ApproachesOA4Online - AsynchronousEdmund Ugwoegbu5/20/2024-6/28/2024 This course considers medical and healthcare issues derived from new technologies and capabilities within the human sphere. The course will involve an examination of the Theological sources and methods used for addressing biomedical and healthcare issues (e.g., End of Life Care, Physician Assisted Suicide, Abortion, Reproductive Technologies, Organ Donation, Genetics, and Social Justice concerns) in a contemporary context. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the ethics of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Christian moral tradition, and some nonreligious sources in their approach to a variety of issues facing the healthcare community. Fulfills E in LS Core.
    RTS3030CHumans, the Earth & the Sacred:Religion and the EnvironmentOA4Online - AsynchronousPeter Ellard5/20/2024-6/28/2024 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. Course requires site visits outside of class. Fulfills D and X in LS Core.
    RTS3030HCHumans, the Earth & the Sacred:Religion and the EnvironmentOB4Online - AsynchronousPeter Ellard5/20/2024-6/28/2024 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. Course requires site visits outside of class. Fulfills D and X in LS Core. Honors level course - requires faculty permission, please contact Dr. Ellard - ellardp@merrimack.edu

    Sociology

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    SOC1600CHappinessOA4Online - AsynchronousRobert Koegel5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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.
    SOC3600CSociology of HealthOA4Online - AsynchronousMichelle Holliday5/20/2024-6/28/2024Health, illness and healing are not merely physiological states but also human experiences shaped by sociological forces. As Freund, McGuire and Podhurst point out in Health, Illness and the Social Body. A Critical Sociology [2003: 4], "The sick body is not simply a closed container, encased in skin that has been invaded by germs or traumatic blows but is also open and connected to the world that surrounds it. Thus the human body is open to the social body. Similarly, our material (or physical) environment, such as the urban landscape, the workplace, or our foods, is influenced by our culture, social structure, and relationships. And these in turn influence our bodies." The course begins with a brief review of the history of past viewpoints and practices in western civilization toward health, healing and illness leading to the emergence of the modern medical profession, scientific medicine, and the establishment of the medical model as the primary paradigm of disease. We will examine the social factors that influence who gets sick, the types of illness suffered, the experience of being sick, the process of seeking help, and the context in which medical care is delivered. We will discuss the effect of stress on health and the role that human relationships and social support play in mediating stress. We will assess the state of our health care system and compare it to other systems. In general, we will depend on the theories, concepts and findings from sociology as they apply in the study of this area to direct our focus and inform our analysis. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.
    SOC1000CThe Sociological ImaginationOA4Online - AsynchronousShahram Shadbash7/08/2024-8/16/2024The objectives of this introductory course are: (1) to cultivate the sociological perspective by acquainting students with basic sociological theories, methods, concepts and findings; (2) to use the basic concepts and principles of sociology to examine the various sectors of social life; and, (3) to develop an awareness of how and why social forces influence the experiences of everyday life. The course usually begins with a brief review of sociology's historical origin, its major theoretical perspectives and its various research methodologies. The nature of culture, social interaction, group dynamics, bureaucracy, socialization, deviance, crime, urbanization, collective behavior, and social change are some of the topics studied. The course also explores some of the institutions of society, such as the family, the political economy, religion, education, and the medical system. A central focus of the course is understanding the nature of social inequality as it exists in the United States and across the globe in terms of age, gender, race, and social class. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.

    Visual and Performing Arts

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    ART3450CBasic Digital PhotographyOA4Online - AsynchronousTBD5/20/2024-6/28/2024Students develop visual ability in photography through the in-depth study of DSLR camera functions, composition, light and time, while processing photographic images in a digital darkroom lab setting utilizing Adobe Photoshop. Analysis of photographic work from different genres and styles elicit development of a photographic vision. Through shooting assignments, students explore technology and ways of seeing photographically, working toward the development of an on-line portfolio. A DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera is required. Students are expected to work outside of class to finish projects. Fulfills: AL in LS Core.
    MUS1320CHistory of Rock and RollOA4Online - AsynchronousAndrew Cote5/20/2024-6/28/2024This 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.
    MUS1320CHistory of Rock and RollOB4Online - AsynchronousAndrew Cote7/8/2024-8/16/2024This 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.

    Womens and Gender Studies

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    WGS1010CIntroduction to Gender, Race, and Sexuality StudiesOA4Online - AsynchronousInes Ouedraogo5/20/2024-6/28/2024This course 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. Topics include gender-based violence, workplace discrimination, and the relationship between sexism, racism, homophobia and other systems of oppression and inequality. The course looks at the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, 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. Required for the Women's and Gender Studies Contract Major and Minor. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and D in LS Core.
    WGS2010CRace and Ethnic StudiesOA4Online - AsynchronousMaryBeth Salerno7/08/2024-8/16/2024The 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.
    WGS2880CGender, Race, and WarOA4Online - AsynchronousSimona Sharoni7/08/2024-8/16/2024 This course will look at war and its aftermath through the prism of gender, race, sexuality and nation. It will explore war and peace as gendered and racialized phenomena while examining the impact of war on individuals and groups in conflict zones, including within militaries and armed resistance. It will address both the construction of the enemy and the making of the soldier as gendered and racial projects. Using feminist inquiry, students will study processes of militarization to understand how officials deploy conceptions of gender, race, and sexuality to construct citizens, soldiers, and enemies as gendered and racialized subjects. The course will also explore the role of gender and race in processes on demilitarization, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction. Case studies will include both US wars and militarized political conflicts in other parts of the world. Organized thematically, course topics include constructions of violent and nonviolent masculinities and femininities; the history, roles, and treatment of women, people of color, and LGBTQ within militaries and as veterans; rape, sexual violence, and sexual slavery on battlefields and within militaries, including the treatment of women around military bases; the use of history and memory to maintain gendered and racial understandings of war through official commemorations and war memorials; the role of women and underrepresented groups in resistance to war and in peace movements; and the prospect of envisioning post-conflict societies based on justice and equality for all. Fulfills D, X, and SOSC in LS Core.
    WGS3300CUS Women's HistoryOA4Online - AsynchronousKatherine Leonard7/08/2024-8/16/2024An examination of the history of women in America. It will include history prior to colonization, beyond and to the present. A look at women's roles in US Society and the intersection of class, culture and ethnicity 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 and ethnicity have operated to unite and divide disparate groups of women. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H and D in LS Core.