Maritime Cultures of Northwest Washington

Spring 2018 quarter

Taught by

public administration, Native American studies, art
maritime literature, English literature

The relationship between the maritime cultures of northwest Washington and the marine environment evolves continuously. Through arts and literature as well as nonfiction narratives, we will study the histories, identities, economies, and challenges of lives defined and dependent upon our regional inland waters, the Salish Sea. We will visit several indigenous and nonindigenous maritime communities, people at the forefront of both the exploitation and the defense of the waters, and those who are often the first to feel the effects of the destruction of the marine habitat and resources. We will participate in a weeklong field trip in the San Juan Islands area, voyaging by canoe and traditional sailing ship. In each visit and in our readings and writing we will explore how regional maritime communities understand their relationship and responsibility to the Salish Sea. Our personal and collective connections to the Salish Sea and marine environments will be explored through an environment-centered art project, the study of native art and its environmental symbolism, and the analysis of literary works.

Program Details

Fields of Study

literature maritime studies

Preparatory For

literary studies, Native American studies, environmental policy, and cultural studies


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Off-Campus Location

During one week (TBA) of the quarter we will be traveling in NW Washington

Time Offered


Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


$960 for entrance fees, art supplies, and an overnight field trip that includes three nights on the schooner Adventuress as well as time at Neah Bay and Cornet Bay Environmental Learning Center.