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Maritime Studies

Maritime culture makes up a major part of the economic base of Texas and the United States. Approximately half of the U.S. population lives within 100miles of a coastline. Of Texans, 60% live within 50 miles of the coast, and 20% 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 recreation and tourism, energy, waterborne transportation and underwater archaeology, commercial fisheries, and the effects of rising sea levels on coastal communities.

As a Maritime Studies student, you will choose from classes in history, literature, archaeology, law, policy, classical studies, culture, museum studies, and communication, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and personalize your career path, much like taking an assortment of legos and creating your own structure. Additionally, you can select two minors from Anthropology, History, English, Museum Studies, DIVE, Oceanography, Marine Biology or Economics to add even more variety to your plan.

Maritime Studies students have the opportunity to:

  • Dive on a shipwreck
  • Learn how to build a wooden ship without modern power tools
  • Read about the actual events which inspired the novel Moby Dick
  • Travel to DC to participate in the Model UN
  • Conserve artifacts and use a 3d printer to reproduce them
  • Explore the relationship between ancient and modern trade routes
  • Evaluate the original Texas navies and their importance to the economy of Texas and the nation
  • Interpret the history and governance of American sea power and the Merchant Marine
  • Study piracy, human rights at sea and the geopolitical security of the nation’s waterways
  • Create a museum display
  • Become an excellent communicator
  • Write for the school newspaper and do an internship at a the Galveston Daily News
  • Discover for yourself whether or not Homer was a real person, and how the archaeological record supports or disputes the existence of historic Troy.
  • Explain how disease came over from the old world to the new, and its effects on the human skeleton
  • Identify the cultural and sociological significance of sea shanties

Contact Us

The Maritime Studies office is located in Building 3007 (Classroom Lab Building), Suite 217. Walk in visitors are welcome during normal business hours.  Feel free to stop by and see our display of evolutionary and forensic skeletons, or catch the 3d printer at work.  

Office contact:  409-740-4977

For more information about the MAST degree or for questions about minors or switching majors, contact:

Paula Morris 409-740-4975