Maritime Studies - BA

Maritime Studies

Maritime Studies (MAST) offers students a unique opportunity to examine the varied ways humans use and impact coastal and maritime environments. The program is well suited for students seeking 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, a myriad of interests and demand for jobs dependent upon coastal areas exist, such as:

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

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

Working closely with their undergraduate advisor, students tailor the MAST degree program to suit their interests and career goals, and have many opportunities for enrichment activities contribute to a healthy graduation portfolio.  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. MAST students are able to train as a crew member on a working 19th century tall ship, The Elissa. MAST 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. Upon graduation with the MAST degree, students 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 niche communication, nautical and contract archaeology, journalism, education, management, law school, and graduate studies in related fields.  

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MAST 240 Introduction to Maritime Studies 1,2 3
Life and physical sciences 1
Mathematics 3
Directed elective 1,3 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
ENGL 203 Writing about Literature 3
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Mathematics 3
MAST elective 1,4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ANTH 225
ANTH 226
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory 1
4
HIST 232 History of American Sea Power 3
Creative arts 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Directed elective 1,3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ANTH 210 Social and Cultural Anthropology 1 3
POLS 232 Introduction to Public Policy 1 3
American history 3
Government/Political science 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ANTH 316 Nautical Archaeology 1 3
MAST 365 Material Culture 1 3
Life and physical sciences 4
MAST elective 1,4 3
MAST elective 1,4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGL 335 Literature of the Sea 1 3
HIST 242 United States Maritime History 1 3
Directed elective 1,3 3
MAST elective 1,4 3
MAST elective 1,4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ENGL 415 Studies in a Major Author 1 3
MAST 425 Thesis and Technical Writing 1 3
MAST elective 1,4 3
MAST elective 1,4 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MAST 411 International Maritime Culture 1 3
Directed elective 1,3 3
MAST elective 1,4 3
MAST elective 1,4 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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.