The Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport educates undergraduate students in a semester-long academic investigation of the sea that is accompanied by travel throughout the United States and original research opportunities. Courses are hands-on, discussion-based, and place an emphasis upon original research: it’s not unusual to be on a boat, at the beach, or studying within Mystic Seaport’s vast historical collections for class. Students take classes in marine science, maritime history, maritime literature, and marine policy, which all connect with each other in addition to student life and field seminars in observance of our unique interdisciplinary academic approach.