Chair, Associate Professor RÓNADH COX
Advisory Committee: Associate Dean: TOOMAJIAN. Professor: ART. Associate Professors: MERRILL, MURPHY. Assistant Professor: GOLDBERG, TING. Mystic Seaport Historian: GORDINIER.
The oceans cover almost three-quarters of the globe, and understanding them is of increasing importance in this era of climate change, sea-level rise, fisheries crises, and the internationalization of the high seas. We encourage students to investigate our WaterWorld from a variety of perspectives. Maritime Studies is an interdisciplinary, cross-divisional program that examines the literature, history, policy issues, and science of the ocean. Candidates for the concentration in Maritime Studies must complete a minimum of seven courses: the interdisciplinary introductory course (Geosciences 104 Oceanography), four intermediate core courses (at Williams-Mystic), an elective, and the senior seminar.
Students who have completed other study-away programs that emphasize marine studies should consult with the program chair about the possibility of completing the Maritime Studies concentration.
Maritime Studies 104(S) Oceanography
Core courses (Williams-Mystic at Mystic Seaport):
Maritime Studies 201(F,S) America and the Sea, 1600-Present
Maritime Studies 231(F,S) Literature of the Sea
Maritime Studies 311(F,S) Marine Ecology
Maritime Studies 351(F,S) Marine Policy
(NOTE: Students who take Maritime Studies 211 Oceanographic Processes at Mystic can substitute an
extra elective in lieu of Geosciences 104)
Maritime Studies 402(F) Syntheses: Senior Seminar
Elective courses are listed based on either a clear maritime statement in the course description (e.g. History 127, English 223, Geosciences 253T) or broad practical/theoretical applicability to maritime studies (e.g., Environmental Studies 102, Political Science 223, Geosciences 302). Concentrators will take a minimum of one course from among the following:
History 124 The Vikings
History 127 The Expansion of Europe
History 249 Caribbean, Slavery to Independence
History 321 History of US-Japan Relations
Comparative Literature/French 312T Writing Islands
English 450 Herman Melville and Mark Twain
Political Science 202 World Politics
Economics 213 Economics of Natural Resource Use
Economics 221 Economics of the Environment
Economics/Environmental Studies 386 Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management
Environmental Studies/Political Science 270T Environmental Policy
Environmental Studies307/Political Science 317 Environmental Law
Political Science 229 Global Political Economy
Political Science 349T Cuba and the United States
Biology 414 Life at Extremes: Molecular Mechanisms
Geosciences 215 Climate Changes
Geosciences 302 Sedimentation
HONORS PROGRAM IN MARITIME STUDIES
Candidates for honors in Maritime Studies will complete a thesis in their senior year. The project will involve original research (archive, museum, field, or laboratory) followed by on-campus analysis and writeup of results. This could be either a one-semester project, or a full year (two semesters plus winter study). In either case, data collection during the summer before the senior year may be necessary. In some cases, the thesis project may be a continuation and expansion of the student's Williams-Mystic research project. Honors will be awarded if the thesis shows a high degree of scholarship, originality, and intellectual insight.