A Closer Look: WIlliams-Mystic

Though they’re based on the seacoast of Connecticut, students participating in the Williams-Mystic maritime studies program are more likely to be on a boat, at the beach or in a port, enhancing their interdisciplinary study of the history, literature, policy and science of the sea with hands-on experience. Last semester, 20 students from colleges around the country, including Williams, visited the tidepools, estuaries and bays of Northern California (1, 2); learned about forces shaping the Louisiana Gulf Coast (3); and sailed a tall ship on Lake Erie (4, 5).

Moody California landscape with students walking away from the camera.

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Photo from California of an instructor presenting to a group of students who are sitting in bleachers.

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Student holding a big snake around his shoulders and laughing.

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Students climbing the lines of a tall ship.

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Students working on a tall ship

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