Through courses in the Arts and Sciences department, you will gain a sound footing in mathematics and science, as well as a global perspective that will profit you throughout your career. You will learn how to write, solve problems, and think critically, skills that employers say they value above all others in the workplace. And you will have opportunities to pursue your interests via a wide variety of department offerings, including art, photography, languages, history, psychology, music, GIS mapping, and drones (UAVs). These courses in the liberal arts and sciences are designed to enrich and expand your knowledge and skills so you enter the workplace as a resourceful, versatile, and creative individual — and enter the world as an engaged and informed citizen with a lifelong love of learning.

80 percent student retention
11 to 1 student to faculty ratio
35 acre campus on Castine Harbor

Composition and Humanities

The arts and sciences courses you take at Maine Maritime will vary depending on your major, but all students take composition and a two-course sequence in humanities. In composition, you’ll learn how to write clearly and to support your ideas with sound reasoning and evidence. In humanities coursework, you’ll develop these skills while enhancing your appreciation of literature, architecture, music, philosophy, and the visual arts. Through these foundational courses you’ll learn how opinions, values, and assumptions are shaped by myriad factors, including upbringing, family, race, gender, class, and religion.

Study Abroad

Expand your worldview and meet people from different cultures by spending May term in Ireland through Maine Maritime’s Ireland Study Abroad program. You’ll live in a traditional thatched-roof cottage in the small village of Tully Cross in County Connemara and learn Irish history, art, literature, and Celtic spirituality. You’ll also have opportunities to hike, fish, explore seashores and prehistoric ruins, and take trips to Bunratty Castle, Ashford Castle, Inishbofin Island, the Cliffs of Moher, and Dublin.

Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Are you interested in maritime studies but don’t intend to become a licensed professional mariner, ocean scientist, engineer, or logistician? Then consider the interdisciplinary studies major at Maine Maritime. You’ll work with a faculty advisor to integrate liberal arts and sciences courses from two or three existing majors to create your own unique bachelor of science degree.

Student Perspective

Gabby Guinto ’22
Vessel Operations and Technology
Hampstead, NH
Choosing MMA was an easy decision for me. It stood out because of this career path and how accessible the Admissions staff were. They answered any and all questions that I asked!”
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Honors Seminars

Through Maine Maritime’s Honors Seminars you’ll join MMA’s most curious and accomplished students and professors from three different fields to explore a topic that spans disciplines. You’ll help create the course curriculum and run class sessions, too. Topics change annually. For example, a recent Honors Seminar convened by professors of mathematics, philosophy, and navigation and seamanship focused on how Charles Darwin’s voyage aboard the HMS Beagle changed the world in fields as far ranging as navigation, philosophy, evolution, scientific methods, religion, and human rights.

Arts and Sciences Mission

The mission of the arts and sciences department at Maine Maritime Academy is to provide the liberal arts component of your baccalaureate education while guiding you to:

  • Think critically and analytically
  • Write and speak effectively
  • Understand the global and environmental context of human actions
  • Develop and apply knowledge of mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Develop and communicate sound, informed opinions among conflicting perspectives
  • Identify problems and propose solutions
  • Solve problems as members of a team
  • Appreciate and respect diversity
  • Reason and act ethically

Alumni Perspective

Jon Campbell ’10
Power Engineering Technology
Detroit, MI
Job placement and job security were the main drivers in my decision to choose MMA. The school has a long track record of high job placement making it a fantastic investment.
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Explore Arts and Sciences Courses at Maine Maritime

The arts and sciences courses you take depend on your major. Maine Maritime offers courses in mathematics, problem solving with computers, physics, political science, psychology, composition, literature, management communications, geography, history, humanities, ship’s medicine, emergency medicine, drawing, photography, and a wide variety of electives. You can add to your bachelor’s degree with a minor in humanities and social sciences, mathematics, and physical science.

View all arts and sciences courses.

Department Faculty

Joseph Moser
Assistant Professor
Amy Nyberg
Assistant Professor
Thomas Batt

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Maine Maritime Academy
Department of Arts & Sciences
Thomas Batt, Chair
Castine, ME 04420