Maritime Studies

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.

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 minors. By the time they graduate, our students will have acquired valuable critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills.

What do you want to do with Maritime Studies?

Career ideas for Maritime Studies majors

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, Graduate Studies in Related Fields, and more.

Remember: Your major does not equal your career! For more ideas about how to put your education to work, talk with your specific Career Advisor.

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