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.

Core Courses
COMM 307/JOUR 301Communication Law and Policy3
COMM 365/JOUR 365International Communication3
POLS 232Introduction to Public Policy 13
POLS 340Introduction to Public Administration3
Select from:12
COMM 449
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
Communication3
Mathematics6
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.