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The world’s coastal waters and oceans provide food, minerals, energy, and recreation to much of the global population. They also serve as major corridors for commerce, transportation, defense and communications. Increasingly, these waters, including those of Long Island Sound, are threatened by pollution, climate change, overexploitation of resources, and usage conflicts.

As these threats multiply, the need has increased for qualified professionals who can understand these challenges and help establish meaningful policies and laws to regulate and protect marine and coastal ecosystems. With the B.A. in Marine Affairs program at the University of New Haven you will become one of those qualified professionals. You will have the scientific knowledge and specific technical skills necessary to work in this very challenging and important area.

Why study Marine Affairs?

Humans are intimately linked with the world’s oceans and coasts. Historically, these systems have served as sources of food, medicine, energy, commerce, education, recreation, and well-being for the world’s peoples. This multi-use characteristic that makes the marine environment so fascinating is also what oftentimes makes its conservation and management so challenging. Marine Affairs is about understanding the multiple aspects of human interactions with the marine environment and being actively involved in exploring critical marine complex issues, designing solutions for them, and communicating this information to others. Majoring in Marine Affairs at the University of New Haven will mark out a clear path to a deeply rewarding career, one that enables you to make a real difference!

How do I know if Marine Affairs is the right major for me?

Marine Affairs is an interdisciplinary field that allows you to pursue careers in the private sector, government service, public policy, or academics in areas such as marine policy, marine law, marine economics, marine journalism, marine resource management, marine media relations, marine law enforcement, international marine studies, marine-related business ventures, coastal conservation and development, and related areas. Marine affairs experts typically hold government positions in research and outreach in topics such as coastal zone management, fisheries management, maritime transportation and ports, as well as environmental conservation and restoration. Other common jobs include positions in consulting firms, non-governmental, and non-profit organizations concerned with fisheries, recreation, and environmental conservation and communication. Marine affairs graduates also work in the education field teaching in schools, colleges, and universities. So… if you are fascinated by the multiple ways humans interact with the marine environment and want to be involved in policy and research that address complex issues in marine conservation and management, then Marine Affairs is the right field for you!

If you rather apply the rigors of the scientific method to gain insights into marine organisms and their interactions with the environments they live in and enjoy studying science, then a major in Marine Biology might be the major for you.

Related Programs

If you are interested in Marine Affairs, you may also want to find out more about our undergraduate Marine Biology program.