Chair, Associate Professor RÓNADH COX
Advisory Committee: Professor: ART*. Associate Professor: COX**. Assistant Professors: GILBERT, TING. Associate Deans: GERRY, TOOMAJIAN.
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 231(F,S) Literature of the Sea
Maritime Studies 311(F,S) Marine Ecology
Maritime Studies 351(F,S) Marine Policy
Maritime Studies 352(F,S) America and the Sea, 1600-Present1
(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 or broad practical/theoretical applicability to maritime studies. Concentrators will take a minimum of one course from the list below. If concentrators find other courses in the catalog that they believe meet the requirements for a MAST elective, they may bring them to the attention of the chair.
Biology 414 Life at Extremes
Biology/Environmental Studies 424T Conservation Biology
Economics 213 Economics of Natural Resource Use
Economics 221 Economics of the Environment
Economics/Environmental Studies 386 Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management
Environmental Studies307/Political Science 317 Environmental Law
Environmental Studies/English 405 The Arctic: Memory, Landscape, Tradition
Environmental Studies/History 371 American Environmental Politics
Geosciences/Environmental Studies 103 Global Warming and Natural Disasters
Geosciences 302 Sedimentology
Geosciences 304T Paleoecology
History 124 The Vikings
History 127 The Expansion of Europe
History 249 Caribbean, Slavery to Independence
History 321 History of US-Japan Relations
Political Science 202 World Politics
Political Science 223 International Law
Political Science 229 Global Political Economy
Political Science 334 Political Theory and the Environment: How Deep is Your Green?
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.