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Maritime Studies

From the dawn of time, the relationship of humans with the sea has been irrevocable. The sea gave us life, fed us, fostered our spirit of exploration, and inspired our creativity. Today, seas and oceans continue to drive us toward these things, but in addition beckon our concerns for preservation and sustainability for the future.

These are the matter that make up a Bachelor’s degree in Maritime Studies at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Indeed, maritime culture is a major part of the economic base of Texas and the United States.

Consider this: According to 2010 U.S. Census data, 40 percent of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of the coast. In Texas, 60 percent live within 50 miles of the coast, and 20 percent live within 50 miles of Galveston Bay. Maritime Studies graduates understand the issues at stake in various interests that depend on coastal areas such as energy exploration and use, preservation and conservation of culture, underwater archaeology, commercial fisheries, museums and their management, and the effects of rising sea levels and changing coastal climates on coastal communities.

As a Maritime Studies student, you choose from classes in archeology, anthropology, history, literature, law, public policy, classical studies, culture, museum studies, and communication, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and personalize your career path.  If desired, you can also add a minor to your degree plan, choosing from many that are offered at Texas A&M Galveston, including Anthropology, History, English, Museum Studies, DIVE, Oceanography, Ocean and Coastal Resources, Marine Biology, or Economics.

Maritime Studies is well-suited for students who seek to understand the vital and synergistic relationship humans have with the sea. If you believe Maritime Studies is for you, or if you want more information about the BS in Maritime Studies, contact Dr. Elizabeth Nyman (Maritime Studies Program Coordinator) at enyman@tamug.edu.