An Innovative Course Explores the Sea Through an Academic Prism

MORAGA, CA (May 10, 2004) –– Saint Mary's College of California, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and the California Maritime Academy at Vallejo are sponsoring a new class titled The Sea, an Interdisciplinary Odyssey.

The course, which will be offered in the fall 2004 semester, will explore the maritime community - with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area - through the prism of a variety of academic subjects. Professors from Saint Mary's College, the University of California at Berkeley, the California Maritime Academy, Sonoma State University, the College of Marin, and Menlo College will share their areas of expertise through an imaginative mix of seminars and field trips. Subjects discussed in the course will include literature, history, anthropology, archaeology, political science, sociology, and museology. The location of the seminars will alternate between the sponsoring institutions. For further details on the offerings for the fall 2004 course, log on to

The course is open to the public and to students enrolled in institutions other than Saint Mary's College and the California Maritime Academy. Students at Saint Mary's College and the California Maritime Academy will enroll through their normal channels. Interested members of the general public and students enrolled in other institutions may register through the CSU Open University program. The registration form may be downloaded through:

For more information regarding the content of the class, contact:

* Dr. James M. Allan, Saint Mary's College: (925) 253-9070,
* Timothy Lynch, California Maritime Academy: (707) 654-1154,
* Dave Hull, SF Maritime NHP: (415) 561-7031,

Questions about Open University registration, contact:

* Student Records Office, (707) 654 1200 office
* California Maritime Academy, (707) 654 1017 fax
* California State University,


Saint Mary's College of California is one of the most distinguished colleges in the West. The College's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness comes from its heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts institution. This heritage creates a personalized, student-centered learning community. Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs in liberal arts and professional education. The College is located in Moraga, 20 miles east of San Francisco.