Maritime Studies Curriculum

Maritime Studies is a flexible but focused major that students may shape to meet a wide range of educational and occupational goals. Depending upon the track of studies selected, Maritime Studies students may prepare for a range of careers including those in the maritime service and heritage tourism sectors as well as for graduate study in maritime and public history, English, journalism, marine policy and cultural resource management, planning and regulation, education, law, or business.

The Maritime Studies Program takes advantage of the UConn-Avery Point campus’ unique Long Island Sound location and its many coastal and maritime educational resources and research programs including the UConn Sea Grant Institute, the National Undersea Research Center, the Long Island Sound Resource Center, and Marine Sciences Department. Significant internship and research opportunities for students are also available through agreements with regional institutions that include Mystic Seaport, one of the world’s premier maritime museums and research centers. To the left you will find more information and sample plans of study on all of different tracks of studies that Maritime Studies offers.

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12 credits of Core Courses
12 credits at the 2000 level or higher in a Disciplinary Concentration/Track, selected by student in conjunction with MAST coordinator and academic advisor
12 credits at the 2000 level or higher in Related Areas, selected by student in conjunction with MAST coordinator and academic advisor


Download and print MAST Plan of Study 2019 (into effect 2019-20 academic year), previous MAST Plan of Study 2016 (into effect 2016-17 academic year), and Maritime Arch Minor POS


Examples of Core and Interdisciplinary Courses for the MAST major

MARN 1001 – The Sea Around Us History of ocean exploration, interaction between the oceans and the atmosphere, impact of technology on the marine environment, climate modification, and exploitation of ocean resources.

ECON 2467 – Economics of the Oceans: Economics of industries that use and manage ocean resources. Applications of industrial organization, law and economics, natural resource theory, and environmental economics.

ENGL 3650 – Maritime Literature: Classic works of the maritime literary tradition, including texts by Conrad and Melville and other texts contributing significantly to the culture, history, and aesthetics of the sea.

HIST 3544 – Atlantic Voyages: The social and cultural history of seafaring that examines the relationship between seafaring and society in multiple historic and economic contexts from the age of Columbus to the present with a particular emphasis on the Anglo-American experience.

MAST 4994W – Maritime Studies Capstone: Topical themes related to diverse aspects of society and commerce in coastal and oceanic zones and the maritime experience, politics and economics of fisheries, and cultural perspectives of Long Island Sound.