Marine AffairsBachelor of Arts

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.

Protecting marine and coastal ecosystems

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 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.

Experiential Learning

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!

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Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Hydrologist Forcaster

10% Growth 2017-2027


Ocean Freight Manager

9% Growth 2017-2027


Laboratory Manager

8% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Oceanography

    This course investigates the major aspects of physical, geological, chemical, and biological oceanography. Human impacts on the ocean environment are considered as well. The laboratory component provides hands-on experience with marine sampling, mapping, and measurements, as well as with computer simulations of ocean currents, tides, waves, and other oceanographic phenomena.

  • Global Change

    This course explores the Earth’s climate history through the evolution of the four major systems of the Earth and how they change in response to each other. The course also examines the ways by which human activities have and may affect these systems and pays particular attention to the world’s oceans and their resources.

  • Environmental & Natural Resources Economics

    Develops the conventional neoclassical economics framework underscoring the analysis of institutional, economic, legal, social, and policy issues related to natural resources and the environment. Analyzes the evolution and development as well as key issues in the field of natural resource and environmental policy. Examination of domestic and global resource issues and policy. Specific policy issues addressed include water resources, air pollution, waste management, energy, the regulatory arena, and climate change.

  • Marine Pollution

    A classification of the different forms of pollution in the marine environment. The fate and transport of different pollutants will be discussed as will the effects of pollutants on coastal and open marine ecosystems.

  • Full List of Courses for Marine Affairs

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Marine Affairs, B.A.

    Marine Affairs Minor

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