Program Details

Our interdisciplinary educational philosophy is the cornerstone of our program. More than 1,500 students have joined us to explore the history, literature, policy, and science of the world's waterways. Our courses are hands-on and discussion-based with an
Location:
Mystic, United States
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Come spend a semester exploring the ocean with Williams-Mystic, an Ocean Studies program sponsored by Williams College and Mystic Seaport. We examine the history, literature, policy, and science of the ocean through interdisciplinary, experiential learning. We take to the open sea for ten days, hit the road on the West and Gulf Coasts, and explore the wonders of the Mystic Seaport Museum. Join us for one exceptional, life-changing semester.

Our interdisciplinary educational philosophy is the cornerstone of our program. More than 1,500 students have joined us to explore the history, literature, policy, and science of the world's waterways. Our courses are hands-on and discussion-based with an emphasis on original research to truly experience the world around you: it's not unusual to be on a tugboat or at the beach for class. You may learn to forge iron, build a wooden boat and sail while making the largest maritime museum in America your campus for the semester.

Setting Description:
You'll also see America—in a way you've probably never seen it before. You travel on three extended field seminars, exploring the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. We read and discuss Steinbeck's Cannery Row while on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, and consider the turmoil of Captain Ahab from Melville's Moby Dick while sitting on the deck of a the world's last remaining historic whaling ship. We explore the Louisiana bayous and Cajun history of the Mississippi Delta, dip into Atlantic and Pacific tide pools to study the amazing diversity of sea life, and explore the awe-inspiring landscape of the Columbia River Gorge. We have lively discussions on international trade regulations while standing on tugboats in busy ports, and venture to a Louisiana oilrig to analyze the environmental impact of our nation's industries on coastal change. Offshore, aboard a tall ship, we experience the vastness—and power—of the ocean.
Cost:
Comprehensive fees for 2011-2012 Tuition/Field Seminars: $21,730 Room and Board: $4,650 Academic/Tech Fees: $900 Total: $27,280

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