Student Learning Objectives

  1. Discipline-specific Knowledge [E]  Understand key components of discipline specific knowledge in maritime security, ocean geography and environmental issues, maritime law and organizations, history and political systems, and maritime policy.
  2. Global Learning [I] Analyze contemporary issues in global studies and maritime affairs.
  3. Information Fluency [F] Locate appropriate sources and synthesize relevant theoretical and practical information.
  4. Critical Thinking [B] Apply critical thinking skills to present informed solutions to emerging challenges in the maritime world.
  5. Communication [A] Demonstrate strong communication skills using well-reasoned arguments.


Career Opportunities for Majors

GSMA students will be prepared for policy careers in maritime trade and economics, maritime security (port security, piracy, and maritime terrorism), and maritime law. They typically pursue careers with:

  • U.S. federal, state, and local governments, MARAD, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce, and allied areas
  • agencies specializing in maritime security, including the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of Transportation, and the United States Coast Guard
  • international organizations such as the International Maritime Organization and the International Maritime Bureau
  • graduate study in maritime law at institutions such as Tulane, Roger Williams, and the University of Virginia, each of which has program specializations in maritime law
  • insurance and underwriting firms specializing in shipping and maritime issues

Additionally, the curriculum will provide rigorous preparation for further study at the graduate level in International Relations, Public Policy, Maritime Affairs, and Business Administration, especially International Business and Trade.