Pathway Bachelor Degree Completion

Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for our new online Pathway Bachelor Degree Completion program features three Professional Core courses designed to help students find their career path. Developed to deliver the most in-demand skill sets, students will expand their available career options, and emerge from the program both career-and-life ready, whether they are just beginning in their field of choice, changing jobs or advancing to the next level. Competencies include critical thinking, communication, leadership, and innovation while building knowledge of personal finance, everyday legal issues, and life planning.

Bachelor of Arts

APPLIED ARTS & SCIENCES
124 CREDITS

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Pathway Bachelor Degree Completion Program

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for our new online Pathway Bachelor Degree Completion program features three Professional Core courses designed to help students find their path toward meaningful work, fulfillment, health and wellness. Developed to deliver the most in-demand skillsets, students will expand their available career options, and emerge from the program both career-and-life ready, whether they are just beginning in their field of choice, changing jobs or advancing to the next level. Competencies include critical thinking, communication, leadership, and innovation while building knowledge of personal finance, everyday legal issues, and life planning.

Bachelor of Arts

APPLIED ARTS & SCIENCES
124 CREDITS

PROFESSIONAL
CORE
12 CREDITS

ARTS & SCIENCES
CORE
40 CREDITS

OPEN
ELECTIVES
68 CREDITS

CAPSTONE
EXPERIENCE
4 CREDITS

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Pathway Bachelor Degree Completion Program

Professional Core

The Professional Core consists of three courses (12 credits) with a focus on developing transferable skills. These courses will be designed to emphasize the development of these important skills, while forming a strong foundation of general education topics that cover areas including Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science & Mathematics.

Arts & Sciences Core

The Arts & Sciences Core allows our students to complete their degree by choosing courses based on their interests and goals. All students will engage in an Applied Arts and Sciences component that will include credits towards a Specialization, with the remaining credits applied towards other Arts and Sciences Electives. The additional A&S Electives allow students an opportunity to delve further into their specialization area, or explore other areas of study, possibly including entirely new fields. Courses would be selected in consultation with their personal success coach who will work with them throughout the program.

Arts & Sciences Core

The Arts & Sciences Core allows our students to complete their degree by choosing courses based on their interests and goals. All students will engage in an Applied Arts and Sciences component that will include credits towards a Specialization, with the remaining credits applied towards other Arts and Sciences Electives. The additional A&S Electives allow students an opportunity to delve further into their specialization area, or explore other areas of study, possibly entirely new fields. Courses would be selected in consultation with their personal success coach who will work with them throughout the program.

Open Electives and Capstone

Open Electives engage students to explore any area of interest in the curriculum, and presents an opportunity to allocate many of their incoming transfer credits. The Capstone is an experience that all students will take once they’ve completed 93 credits. It offers an opportunity to develop a Professional Development Plan, Market Analysis of an industry, or a self-designed research project. In all capstones, students will also work closely with a member of the faculty.

Specialization Options

To help you get the most out of your degree experience, we have many exciting specialization options that you can choose from as part of the Arts & Sciences portion of the program. This customization will allow you to tailor your program to align with your goals and objectives as you move forward in your career. Specialization choices include:

Specializations Some of the Topics Addressed
Business Studies Principles of Marketing, HR Management
Communication Studies Public Relations, Intercultural Communication
Health & Wellness Studies Community Nutrition, Public Health
Psychology Studies Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology

Merrimack College Accolades

Founded in 1947 as a nonprofit institution, Merrimack College is ranked among the top colleges in the nation. Located 25 miles north of Boston, we are dedicated to delivering quality degrees designed with your career at the center.

  • Money magazine 2019 Most Transformative College
  • U.S. News & World Report 2020 #46 Best Regional Universities/North
  • U.S. News & World Report 2020 Top 10 Most Innovative School Regional Universities/North
  • The Princeton Review 2020 Best Regional College
  • Transitioning Athletics to Division 1 and joining the Northeast Conference in 2019-20

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Pathway Bachelor Degree Completion Program