Williams College: Mystic - Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program

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Our curriculum is based on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary hands-on course of study focused on the world’s oceans and coastlines. Together, students of all majors study the history, literature, policy and science of the sea. Our classro... read more

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Sailing, history, law, literature, science, so much - Middlebury College View Entire Review
May 30, 2016 Wonderful Time1
Wonderful! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Had a lot of fun, learned about maritime culture/history/policy, ultimately had a pretty decent experience, honestly just wanted to get off campus. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes. It was a great change of pace from traditional education. It was very hands-on. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Absolutely a worthwile education. Maritime politics and environmental impacts mirror that of the world, and the interdisciplinary approach connected all of the dots. I have also made lifelong friends, and great contacts for a career. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Williams College: Mystic - Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program
January 03, 2018 From Sea To Shining Sea
how coastal communities around the country adapt and thrive through the ocean and how they will be facing greater challenges in the future - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Who I am and what I want to do with my life. That may sound like a lot of pressure, but I mean it. This place makes you want to learn everything. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Williams College: Mystic - Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program
Interdisciplinary teaching is a popular concept in education today. This program and the absolutely top-notch team of teachers and staff at Williams-Mystic come closer to achieving a true interdisciplinary approach than any other school I've seen yet. The program is unique in that all the professors and staff know exactly what i... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review
Everything we do is connected to the sea in some way. But most importantly, we do have the power to make a difference, whether it's in a concentrated ecosystem or some portion of the ocean or even in our daily lives. I didn't really know what I wanted to do before I did the program once I graduated from college. Now I know I wan... - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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Our curriculum is based on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary hands-on course of study focused on the world’s oceans and coastlines. Together, students of all majors study the history, literature, policy and science of the sea. Our classrooms include Mystic Seaport’s unparalleled G.W. Blunt White Library, home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of maritime volumes, periodicals and documents, our well-equipped marine science teaching and research facility near the Mystic River, and a large number of field sites around the region.

The following courses are taught each semester at Williams-Mystic:
- Literature of the Sea
- Maritime History
- Marine Policy
- Marine Science: Oceanographic Processes or Marine Ecology


Immersive learning is essential to a well-rounded education, which is why Williams-Mystic includes three extended field seminars each semester. We voyage ten days on the open sea sailing a 130 ft tall ship, and travel for weeks on the road along the Pacific and Gulf Coasts. Our goal: to see three American coastlines in one semester. We live on the Atlantic Ocean and travel to the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Maritime Studies
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