Maritime Studies - BA

Maritime Studies (MAST) offers students a unique opportunity to examine the varied ways that humans use and impact coastal and maritime environments.  Sea Aggies have the best of both worlds:  all the benefits of being an Aggie, but with small classes taught primarily by PhDs who are experts in their fields.  As a MAST major at Texas A&M University at Galveston, the ocean is your classroom.

By studying the history, archaeology, literature, communication and politics of maritime peoples and cultures from ancient times to present, MAST majors gain a comprehensive understanding of maritime cultural adaptations and mankind’s experience with the sea.   The broad-based interdisciplinary nature of this exciting liberal arts program gives it a distinctive, international emphasis.

Employers understand that students of the liberal arts bring advanced comprehensive problem-solving capabilities to the job market.  By the time they graduate, our students will have acquired valuable critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills.  They are prepared for a diverse choice of fields including, but not limited to, oil and gas administration, environmental management, state and federal agencies, historical and non-profit foundations, museums conservation and administration, mass and niched communication, nautical and contract archaeology, journalism, education, management, law school, and graduate studies in related fields.  

All students are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train as a crewmember on a working 19th century tall ship, while earning college credit.  Students tailor their MAST program to suit their interests; they may enroll in an internship, participate in field studies, concentrate on a particular topic with a professor of their choice, and/or study abroad for a semester. Students are encouraged to pursue at least one minor, usually in Anthropology, English, Diving or History, and many earn two.    

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Directed elective 14
Elissa Sail Taining I  
Required Physical Activity  
Mathematics 23
Communication 23
Life and physical sciences 24
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ANTH 210Social and Cultural Anthropology 33
POLS 206American National Government 3
Mathematics 23
Communication 23
Directed elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
Life and physical sciences 25
American history 23
General elective 4
MAST elective 3,44
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture 23
Directed elective 11
General elective 3
MAST elective 3,44
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
ANTH 316Nautical Archaeology 33
Directed elective 13
General elective 6
MAST elective or internship 3,44
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGL 335Literature of the Sea 33
HIST 232History of American Sea Power 3
Directed elective 13
General elective 3
MAST elective or internship 3,43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
MAST 411International Maritime Culture 33
General elective 6
MAST elective, internship or thesis research 3,46
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
American history 23
Creative arts 23
Social and behavioral sciences 23
MAST elective, internship or thesis research 3,46
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Select from ANTH 202, ANTH 225, ANTH 313, ANTH 350/ASIA 360, ANTH 351, ANTH 423, ANTH 485, ENGL 212, ENGL 222/MODL 222, ENGL 228ENGL 251/FILM 251 ENGL 330 ENGL 334, ENGL 338,ENGL 339/AFST 339, ENGL 374/WGST 374, ENGL 415, ENGL 485, HIST 226, HIST 242, HIST 370, HIST 373, HIST 374 HIST 405, HIST 485,KINE 199, MARA 470, MAST 265MAST 266,PHIL 314, PHIL 381, POLS 231, POLS 340, POLS 347, POLS 366, SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201, SPAN 202; or any other course with the Language, Philosophy and Culture attribute.

2

The Maritime Studies program allows students to use courses approved for the inclusion in the University Core Curriculum as long as the course has not been used to satisfy another requirement in the major. All electives must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the student's academic advisor. Unless courses are specifically listed, see University Core Curriculum for a listing of course options for American History, Creative Arts, Communication, Life and Physical Sciences, Language, Philosophy and Culture, Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The six hour University requirement for International and Cultural Diversity may be met with courses used to satisfy other degree requirements.

3

Must make a grade of "C" or better.

4

Select from ANTH 318, CLAS 371, MAST 320, MAST 333, MAST 345, MAST 350, MAST 354, MAST 371, MAST 425, MAST 441, MAST 484, MAST 485 and MAST 491. A maximum combination of 6 hours ofMAST 484, MAST 485 and/orMAST 491 may be used as MAST electives.