University Studies - BS, Maritime Public Policy and Communication Concentration
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.
Students must submit a Proposed Course Form that lists the courses for the individual degree plan the student hopes to complete to the University Studies admissions committee. The application includes a required 2-3 page essay in which the student can explain how the degree will help the student meet the desired educational and personal goals. Once it is determined that the Proposed Course Form has been completed with appropriate information, it will be reviewed by the department that offers the concentration. Students must be in good academic standing, and they must have good academic standing in previous courses that count toward the area of concentration or minors.
A University Studies major will be considered a student in the department that offers the concentration; the Maritime Public Policy and Communication concentration is housed in the Liberal Studies department. The student’s diploma will list Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the same place it is currently listed, and University Studies will be listed in the place the major is currently listed. The student’s area of concentration and the two minors will be indicated on the student’s transcript.
The concentration in Maritime Public Policy and Communication requires 21-24 hours of major coursework and 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. 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, the course selection pool includes relevant curricula found in Maritime Administration and Marine Sciences.
The student must complete a minimum of 6 hours at the 400-level and 36 hours of 300-400 level coursework in residence at Texas A&M University Galveston campus.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|COMM 307/JOUR 301||Communication Law and Policy||3|
|COMM 365/JOUR 365||International Communication||3|
|POLS 232||Introduction to Public Policy 1||3|
|POLS 340||Introduction to Public Administration||3|
|Introduction to World Politics|
|Politics of Energy and the Environment|
|Labor Law and Policy|
|Global Economy and Enterprise Management|
|Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity|
|Maritime Foreign Policy|
|University and College Requirements|
|COMM 203||Public Speaking||3|
|Life and physical sciences||9|
|Language, philosophy and culture||3|
|Social and behavioral sciences||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
Required the first semester in the MPC Program
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.