Maritime Studies – JOIN US!

Welcome to the Maritime Studies Program of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point!

The maritime realm hosts some of humanity’s most dramatic stories, powerful technologies, and grandest aesthetic and literary achievements. Global oceans and rivers also witness some of humans’ worst acts of pollution, criminality, and destruction.

Maritime Studies explores the long and sometimes troubled relationships between people, water, and other forms of marine life. Through rigorous training in Anthropology, Economics, English, Geography, History, and Political Science and with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and experiential education, students engage global maritime and coastal issues, traditions, and problems.

Along with Avery Point’s Marine Sciences Department, Maritime Studies highlights the social and cultural side of the human/water relationship—the foundations needed to find inspiration, solve problems, and craft a future for Earth’s oceans and rivers.

Mary K Bercaw Edwards, Maritime Studies Program, Director

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Marine Policy and Governance

· Harbor/Port Management

· Marine Resource Development and Management

· Education

Conservation Advocacy

· Marine/Maritime Industry Sustainability

· Public History

· Tourism Development

· Journalism: Environmental, International, Trade

· Law: Maritime, International, Environmental

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

Map of MAST faculty research

I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. --J.F.K., 1962, Newport, R.I.