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Welcome to Maritime Studies

An Undergraduate Program at Avery Point


Water covers more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface and the majority of the human population lives within 50 miles of navigable waterways. The world's oceans and great riparian systems have provided the dominant medium for human economic and cultural exchange and the context for many of humanity's most dramatic stories, powerful technologies, and aesthetic and literary achievements.

Maritime Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that embraces the liberal arts as the foundation for exploring humankind's critical and continually evolving connections with the world's waterways and watersheds. The Maritime Studies Program combines rigorous liberal arts training in recognized humanities and social science disciplines such as History, English, Geography, Economics, Political Science and Anthropology with specialized courses, interdisciplinary seminars, and research and internship opportunities that focus on issues, traditions, and problems that influence life in maritime regions. A complement to the Marine Sciences Department at Avery Point, Maritime Studies highlights the social and cultural side of the human/water relationship, but recognizes and explores the links between human activities and the composition and the condition of the coastal and marine environments.
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Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things you didn't do than
by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade
winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
--Mark Twain


WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR?

Maritime Studies is a flexible but focused major that students may shape to meet a wide range of occupational and educational goals. Maritime Studies at Avery Point explores the historical and contemporary studies of human society and the marine and coastal environments.

Focusing on the social and cultural side of the human/water relationship, the major recognizes and explores the links between human activities and composition and the condition of the coastal and marine environments. Over the course of four years, access to hands-on experiences with maritime culture and commerce illustrate the wide range of possibilities of maritime study and careers.

Successful graduates pursue a wide range of careers such as coastal town/city planning, maritime industries, port and harbor management, coastal conservation groups, and maritime museums and aquariums. Many will enter graduate study in interdisciplinary areas such as public history, environmental history, law, environmental studies, and marine affairs. Further study is also possible in areas such as maritime history, English, journalism, marine policy and cultural resource management, planning and regulation, education, or business.