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