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. Amelia Moore who may be reached at her office in room 220, 2nd floor, Coastal Institute Building, or by email at