Maritime Studies

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:Maritime Studies
Minor:Maritime Studies
Department:(850) 474-2797
http://uwf.edu/anthropology/
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:45.9999
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

Program Contact: J.R. Bratten (Dept. of Anthropology)

The Maritime Studies Program is designed to familiarize students with the dynamic cultural and natural resources of the maritime environment. Students gain the necessary knowledge and expertise to enable them to participate and contribute to our growing understanding and management of the maritime environment.

Maritime Studies prepares students for careers in the diverse and exciting maritime world. This degree provides a broad understanding of the diversified field by integrating maritime themes, transferable skills, and a knowledge base to enter a variety of maritime-related careers. The maritime industry is a major global employer with thousands of opportunities in many areas. The marine environment covers 71% of the earth and continued technology advancement has increased pressure on its resources. Understanding and managing maritime resources is becoming increasingly important, requiring a wide range of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that this Maritime Studies degree will provide.

The hallmark of the Maritime Studies Program is its flexibility because it allows students to tailor their degree program to their individual interests. It requires only a few specific core courses to provide an overview of the main areas in Maritime Studies. Students complete their degree programs with elective courses from a wide range of disciplines such as Anthropology/Archaeology, Marine Biology, Environmental Studies, History, Art History, Literature, Law, Political Science, and Leisure Studies.

Academic study is only part of the essential training needed for students of Maritime Studies. They also must have a structured field experience in which methods of sampling, recording, and other practical aspects of professional work in the field environment are learned.

Program Requirements

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the B.A. degree in Maritime Studies must meet the requirements listed below.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all core courses and courses in the minor.

Students must have a structured field experience in which methods of sampling, recording, and other practical aspects of professional work in the field environment are learned. Field experiences in shipwreck archaeology and overseas history are available. Other structured field experiences can be designed.

In order to enhance the employability and/or acceptance into a graduate program of Maritime Studies, students must also complete a minor in their primary interest field. The fields of choice for minors are:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Economic Policy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • Recreation; and Resort Management
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Public Administration
  • Spanish
  • Earning the certificate in GIS