Marine Affairs Minor

Students majoring in departments other than Marine Affairs may undertake a minor offered by the Department of Marine Affairs in Coastal and Marine Policy Studies. Transfer credit may not be used toward the minor. The minor consists of 18 credits of work in the Department of Marine Affairs, with a minimum average of 2.0 earned in MAF courses, and has the following requirements:

Required Courses: (6 credits)
  •  MAF 100 Human Use and Management of the Marine Environment
  •  MAF 120 New England and the Sea
Selected Courses: Select four of the following courses (12 credits)
  •  MAF 220 Introduction to Marine and Coastal Law
  •  MAF 312 Politics of the Ocean
  •  MAF 320 Shipping and Ports
  •  MAF 330 World Fishing
  •  MAF 410 Senior Seminar in Marine Affairs
  •  MAF 413 Peoples of the Sea
  •  MAF 415 Marine Pollution Policy
  •  MAF 434 Introduction to Environmental Law
  •  MAF 461 Coastal Zone Uses
  •  MAF 465 GIS Applications in Marine Affairs
  •  MAF 471 Island Ecosystem Management
  •  MAF 472 Marine Recreation and Tourism Management
  •  MAF 475 Human Response to Coastal Hazards
  •  MAF 484 Environmental Analysis and Policy in Coastal Management
  •  MAF 499 Directed Study in Marine Affairs

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to complete the required “Intent to Minor” form for the College in which he/she is majoring no later than the start of the final semester at URI. That form, available from the Department of Marine Affairs, must show that the above requirements for the minor have been satisfied. Questions regarding the undergraduate minor should be directed to Prof. Austin Becker who may be reached at his office in room 204, 2nd floor, Coastal Institute Building or by email at