Marine Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores the dynamic relationship between people and the marine environment. The Marine Studies program contributes to this exploration by emphasizing the human dimensions and perspectives of the ocean and coasts. These human dimensions coalesce in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. This program is for students who seek expertise in these liberal arts methods and are keenly aware of the importance of understanding the human aspects of addressing the growing challenges and opportunities for coastal and ocean sustainability.
In contrast to other existing degrees with a marine focus, the Marine Studies degree emphasizes and celebrates the human component(s) of our interactions with the ocean and coastal environments. While the degree recognizes the essential role the natural sciences play in understanding all elements of the earth including the seas (and requires some basic, lower-division training in those areas) it specifically and repeatedly asks students to examine, filter, and express their knowledge and learning through transdisciplinary, humanistic, and cultural lenses.