Texas A&M-Galveston Offers New Major In Communication And Public Policy


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By Texas A&M University-Galveston Staff

Texas A&M University at Galveston is now offering a concentration in the field of Maritime Public Policy and Communication within the University Studies major. The course prepares students for the unique challenges and opportunities of an increasingly globalized media, economy, culture and society.

“Globalization is a constant in the 21st century human experience,” says Dr. Victor Viser, instructional assistant professor of communication and concentration developer. “It is increasingly important to establish and maintain social and political communication between states, businesses and communities. These transnational connections must first and foremost begin with an understanding of how public policymaking impacts not only local citizens, industry and sciences, but foreign governments and their interests.”

Maritime Public Policy and Communication uniquely blends the study of maritime public policy and policymaking with the study of international and intercultural communication methods, laws and regulations and activism.

“Policymaking and policies do not function in a vacuum,” said Viser. “Whether complex or simple, public policies are necessarily expressed through a variety of global communication systems that are influenced by varied and often dynamic media technologies, reporting practices, laws and ethics.”

With this interdisciplinary approach to maritime issues in public policy and methods of global communication, the new major provides students with skills important to gaining careers in government, national security, politics, urban planning, business, non-governmental organizations, policymaking, mass media, journalism, public relations, and teaching. Maritime Public Policy and Communication is particularly well-suited for preparing students for graduate and law schools, officials note.

For more information, contact Texas A&M Galveston admissions office at www.tamug.edu/admissions or (817) 322-4443.


Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special-purpose campus of Texas A&M University offering undergraduate and graduate programs under the name and authority of Texas A&M University. With a distinct identity in marine themes, Texas A&M Galveston is intimately connected to the land grant mission of Texas A&M University and, as such, its academic programs and research initiatives are linked to finding basic and applied solutions in maritime affairs, science and technology, and ocean studies. The institution is under the management and control of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System.

Media contact: Bob Wright, Marketing and Communications, Texas A&M University at Galveston at (409) 740-4840 or  WrightB@TAMUG.edu.

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