University Studies - BS, Maritime Public Policy and Communication Concentration

The TAMUG University Studies concentration in Maritime Public Policy and Communication (MPPC) links two important fields of professional opportunity – Public Policy and Communication.  It uniquely synthesizes the study of maritime public policy/policymaking with the study of international and intercultural communication methods, laws and regulations, and activism.  MPPC students will focus their plan of study within the Texas A&M University Galveston campus Department of Liberal Studies (LIST), taking significant LIST coursework in public policy, political science, and communication.  In addition, with a course selection pool that includes relevant curricula found in Maritime Administration and Marine Sciences, MPPC students engage a synergistic and broad interdisciplinary combination of study that is non-existent in any other major.

With an interdisciplinary approach to maritime issues in public policy and contemporary institutions and methods of global communication, MPPC is a particularly attractive offering for prospective students wishing to acquire a degree from TAMUG in something other than a STEM area.  It provides students of good academic standing with a host of skills important to gaining careers in such areas as government, politics, urban planning, business, NGO’s, policymaking, mass media production and administration, journalism, public relations, teaching, and national security.  As part and parcel of the TAMUG Department of Liberal Studies, MPPC is particularly well-suited for preparing students for graduate and law schools. 

Core Courses
COMM 307/JOUR 301Mass Communication, Law, and Society3
COMM 365/JOUR 365International Communication3
POLS 232Introduction to Public Policy 13
POLS 340Introduction to Public Administration3
Select from:12
Activism and Communication
Environmental Ethics
Introduction to World Politics
Politics of Energy and the Environment
Labor Law and Policy
Global Economy and Enterprise Management
Environmental Law
Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity
Maritime Foreign Policy
Maritime Piracy
Undergraduate Internship
University and College Requirements
COMM 203Public Speaking3
Life and physical sciences9
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Social and behavioral sciences3
American history6
Government/Political science6
Minor 115-18
Minor 215-18
General electives18-24
Total Semester Credit Hours120

All University Studies degree plans require at least 120 hours for completion. A University Studies Degree consists of a concentration of 21-24 hours and two minors of 15-18 hours each. Specific courses may be required for the completion of the hours in the concentrations and minors. Some concentrations and minors contain required courses that have additional prerequisites. One of the two minors must be completed in a college outside of the college that provides the concentration for the student’s degree.