The Department of Maritime Civilizations, academically linked to the Faculty of Humanities, provides students with an exceptional opportunity to explore the history, archaeology and fabric of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed and currently exist.
The studies in the Department will focus on a variety of fields pertaining to maritime civilizations and the marine environment, including coastal and underwater archaeology, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, geology and geomorphology.
Through field trips, field-based courses and research, the interdisciplinary studies offer advanced knowledge and research training to students interested in exploring human interactions with the sea. Special emphasis is placed on harbors, ships and seafaring as part of the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. The Department of Maritime Civilizations is a unique institution combining interdisciplinary study of the Humanities and Sciences to provide a comprehensive approach to the investigation of coasts and the sea. The Department offers graduate studies (M.A., Ph.D.) within the fields of Coastal and Underwater Archaeology, Maritime History, Coastal and Marine Geomorphology, Marine Biology and Sea Resources. The Department’s aim is to provide students with interdisciplinary knowledge within each of the proposed study fields, including: Understanding of cultures in which reliance upon the sea was the crux of their development, with particular emphasis on ancient and medieval Mediterranean and Red Sea cultures. This will be achieved through studies of environmental geography, archeology and history of the related cultures. Understanding of the oceanographic, ecological and geomorphological conditions of the coast as well as of the open ocean, with particular emphasis on the ways these conditions have influenced the development of maritime cultures. Hands-on practice in coastal and open-water research methods within the fields of Maritime Archeology, Marine Biology and Ecology and Marine Geomorphology along with proficiency in bibliographical methodology in the field of Maritime History. Graduates from the Department of Maritime Civilizations have enjoyed a broad range of career destinations, from academic research through work in private and governmental sectors.