Maritime Studies

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:Maritime Studies
Minor:Maritime Studies
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College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:30.2901
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
  • Global Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Public Administration
  • Spanish
  • Earning the certificate in GIS

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the College-Level Communication and Computation, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the University Requirements section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Maritime Studies majors should take BSC 2311 Introduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology/BSC 2311L Introduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology Laboratory for the Natural Sciences lecture and lab requirement. Students should also take EUH 1000 Western Perspectives I or EUH 1001 Western Perspectives II to meet the Social Science Breadth or Social Science Elective.

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and an exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam (course options AMH 2020, POS 2041 )
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam (course options AMH 2020, POS 2041)

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website, SUS regulation BOG 8.006 and Florida Statute s.1007.25(4,a-b).

Mathematics Pathway

Students are advised to complete the following courses to fulfill the mathematics pathway that aligns with the mathematics skills needed for success in their program and their career goals. Students should refer to their academic advisor for questions about the math pathway for their program. For information about this requirement, refer to the catalog page for Mathematics PathwaysThese courses may also fulfill requirements for General Education and Common Prerequisites. 

Mathematical Thinking in Context
MGF 1130Mathematical Thinking3
MGF 1131Mathematics in Context3

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

ANT 1138Introduction to Maritime Studies1
ANT 2000Introduction to Anthropology *3
BSC 2311+LIntroduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology (+Lab) *4
EUH 1000
  &  1001
Western Perspectives I
   and Western Perspectives II *
or AMH 2010
AMH 2020
United States to 1877
and United States Since 1877
INR 2002International Politics *3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
Choose one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Environmental Science *
Physical Geology (+Lab) *
Total Hours23-24

Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to complete at least 60 semester hours in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.

Students should take the following courses:

ANT 2511+LBiological Anthropology (+Lab)4
BSC 1005+LGeneral Biology for Non-Majors (+Lab)4
BOT 2010+LGeneral Botany (+Lab)4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab)4
Total Hours16


ANT 3137Shipwreck Archaeology +3
ECO 3003Principles of Economic Theory and Public Policy (*) +3
HIS 4284Maritime History +3
INR 4403International Law +3
or EVR 4035 Environmental Law
EVR 4023Coastal and Marine Environments +3
Field Experience or Internship3-9
Terrestrial Archaeological Field Methods
Combined Archaeological Field Methods +
Maritime Archaeological Field Methods +
Internship in Environmental Sciences +
Methods and Techniques in Environmental Resource Management and Planning +
Anthropology Internship (or Advisor Approved Internship)
Students may choose either INR 4403 or EVR 4035
Total Hours18-24


3000/4000 level advisor-approved electives +36
Total Hours36

Students may select electives from any field, although the following fields are preferred:

  • Anthropology/Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science/International Studies
  • Leisure
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration

Courses included in the major GPA.

Upper-Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.0-6
Total Hours0-6

Maritime Studies Minor

The Maritime Studies Minor is a supplement to majors other than Maritime Studies and is for those who want a minimal background in the subject to prepare for employment in fields related to the subject including, but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Government
  • History

A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses used to satisfy the minor.

ANT 3137Shipwreck Archaeology3
ECO 3003Principles of Economic Theory and Public Policy *3
HIS 4284Maritime History3
INR 4403International Law3
EVR 4023Coastal and Marine Environments3
Total Hours15

Or both ECO 2013 Principles of Economics Macro and ECO 2023 Principles of Economics Micro for 6 hours.