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Undergraduate Maritime Studies Program at UConn Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT

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Founded in 1881, University of Connecticut (UConn) is a Land Grant & Sea Grant college and Space Grant Consortium institution with main campus at Storrs and regional campuses at Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury in Connecticut, United States. With over 30,000 students in its five campuses, the University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the nation.

UConn’s Avery Point campus in Groton is a center of excellence for marine and maritime studies. The Maritime Studies Program takes advantage of the UConn-Avery Point campus’ unique Long Island Sound location and its many coastal and maritime educational resources and research programs including the UConn Sea Grant Institute, the National Undersea Research Center, the Long Island Sound Resource Center, and Marine Sciences Department.

Significant internship and research opportunities for students are also available through agreements with regional institutions that include Mystic Seaport, one of the world’s premier maritime museums and research centers.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program



  • BA or BS in Maritime Studies (4 years): Maritime Studies is an interdisciplinary major that embraces the liberal arts as the foundation for exploring humankind’s critical and continually evolving connections with the world’s waterways and watersheds. The Maritime Studies Program combines rigorous liberal arts training in recognized humanities and social science disciplines such as history, English, economics, political science, anthropology and geography with specialized courses, interdisciplinary seminars, and research and internship opportunities that focus on issues, traditions, and problems that influence life in maritime regions. A complement to the Marine Sciences Major Maritime Studies highlights the social and cultural side of the human/water relationship, but recognizes and explores the links between human activities and the composition and the condition of the coastal and marine environments.

LAST UPDATED ON July 18, 2018