Maritime Studies - BA

Maritime Studies:  Freedom Starts with the Liberal Arts

Maritime Studies (MAST) offers students a unique opportunity to examine the varied ways that humans use and impact coastal and maritime environments. It is well suited for students who seek to understand the vital and synergistic relationship humans have with the sea.

With 40% of the world’s population living within 60 miles of a coastline, there are a myriad of interests and demand for jobs dependent on coastal areas, such as:

  • Energy exploration and use
  • Preservation and conversation of culture
  • Underwater archaeology
  • Commercial fisheries
  • Museums and their management
  • Policy changes
  • The effects of rising sea levels and changing coastal climates on coastal communities

By studying the history, archaeology, literature, communication and politics of maritime peoples and cultures from ancient times to present, Maritime Studies graduates gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues at stake, while achieving an excellent broad-based interdisciplinary education with a distinctive, international emphasis.

Working closely with their advisor, students will tailor their MAST degree to suit their interests and career goals, and have many opportunities for enrichment activities contributing to a healthy graduation portfolio.  These activities can include enrollment in an internship suited to their career interest, participation in field studies, concentration on a particular topic with a professor of their choice, and/or studying abroad for a semester. Additionally, MAST students are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train as a crew member on a working 19th century tall ship, while earning college credit.  Students are encouraged to pursue at least one minor, usually in Anthropology, English, Diving, Museum Studies or History, and many earn two.    

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.  

ANTH 210Social and Cultural Anthropology 13
ANTH 316Nautical Archaeology 13
ENGL 335Literature of the Sea 13
HIST 242United States Maritime History 13
MAST 240Introduction to Maritime Studies 1,23
MAST 411International Maritime Culture 13
MAST 425Thesis and Technical Writing 13
MAST Electives 1,327
Directed Electives 1,421
General Electives9
Portfolio 5
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
ENGL 203Writing about Literature3
ANTH 225Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 226Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory1
HIST 232History of American Sea Power3
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
Life and physical sciences5
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Social and behavioral sciences3
American history3
Total Semester Credit Hours120