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.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|MARITIME STUDIES REQUIREMENTS|
|ANTH 210||Social and Cultural Anthropology 1||3|
|ANTH 316||Nautical Archaeology 1||3|
|ENGL 335||Literature of the Sea 1||3|
|HIST 242||United States Maritime History 1||3|
|MAST 240||Introduction to Maritime Studies 1,2||3|
|MAST 411||International Maritime Culture 1||3|
|MAST 425||Thesis and Technical Writing 1||3|
|MAST Electives 1,3||27|
|Directed Electives 1,4||21|
|UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS|
|ENGL 104||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|ENGL 203||Writing about Literature||3|
|ANTH 225||Introduction to Biological Anthropology||3|
|ANTH 226||Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory||1|
|HIST 232||History of American Sea Power||3|
|POLS 206||American National Government||3|
|POLS 207||State and Local Government||3|
|Life and physical sciences||5|
|Language, philosophy and culture||3|
|Social and behavioral sciences||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
Must make a grade of "C" or higher
Required the first semester in the MAST program.
Select from: ANTH 318, ANTH 330, ANTH 351, ANTH 484; CLAS 371; ENGL 415; MAST 200-499 (except MAST 480, MAST 481); PHIL 314; POLS 231, POLS 347. A maximum combination of 6 hours of 484, 485 and/or 491 may be used as MAST electives.
Select from: ANTH 202, ANTH 313, ANTH 350, ANTH 409, ANTH 423, ANTH 485; COMM 203, COMM 365/JOUR 365; ENGL 330, ENGL 334, ENGL 338, ENGL 339/AFST 339, ENGL 374/WGST 374, ENGL 484, ENGL 485; HIST 226, HIST 370, HIST 373, HIST 374, HIST 405, HIST 485; KINE 199; MARA 212, MARA 421, MARA 435, MARA 470; MARB 340, MARB 350; POLS 232, POLS 353, POLS 366; SPAN 101, SPAN 102,SPAN 201, SPAN 202. A maximum of 3 hours of KINE 199, and a maximum of 3 hours of 484 OR 485 may be used for Directed Electives.
Students in the BA-MAST program must maintain a portfolio of artifacts from MAST required coursework. The portfolio is developed over the course of the undergraduate career, and upon completion, will contain artifacts from each MAST required course. The Portfolio is assessed for completion during the last term of enrollment, after the student submits the graduation application. The completion of the portfolio requirement will be assessed by the Liberal Studies faculty.