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Faculty: SUSAN F. BEEGEL (University of Idaho), MARY K. BERCAW EDWARDS (Connecticut College), JAMES T. CARLTON (Williams College), GLENN S. GORDINIER (Mystic Seaport), JOHN O. JENSEN (Stone Fellow, Mystic Seaport), JAMES H. MCKENNA (Williams College), DENNIS W. NIXON (University of Rhode Island).

Williams College sponsors a one-semester interdisciplinary program which includes credit for one winter study in American Maritime Studies in cooperation with Mystic Seaport Museum. Courses are taught as part of the College's off-campus program in Mystic, Connecticut. Students apply for either the fall or the spring semester and take four of five courses offered. Students also take part in a noncredit maritime skills class of their choice, choosing from celestial navigation, sailing, music of the sea, ship smithing, and the outdoor demonstration squad. Students live in cooperative houses at Mystic Seaport and participate in field seminars to the Pacific Coast, Nantucket Island, and New York harbor, as well as an 11-day offshore trip as part of their coursework. Interested students may obtain further information and an application through the Dean's Office. An open house is held annually in November. A personal interview is required. Admission is competitive. Students must meet Williams College and Williams-Mystic application deadlines.