The Department of Maritime Civilizations is a unique institution that focuses on interdisciplinary studies, the combination of the Humanities and Sciences, and provides a comprehensive approach to the study 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 Senate of the EURO-MEDITERRANEAN UNIVERSITY (EMUNI) adopted the study program “Maritime Civilizations in Light of Environmental Changes”, Master program, duration of 3 years, proposed by the Department of Maritime Civilizations, University of Haifa, Israel.
Prof. Avner Raban (1937-2004)
Professor Avner Raban, founding member of the Institute for Maritime Studies and the Department of Marine Civilizations passed away untimely on February 11th, 2004 .
The Department's aim is to provide students with interdisciplinary knowledge within each of the proposed study fields, including:
Understanding of cultures which relied on the sea as the main concern 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 influence 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, governmental and non-governmental sectors.