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    Field Seminars

    Immersive learning is at the core of a Williams-Mystic education, which is why we conduct three extended field seminars each semester. We spend ten days sailing the open ocean aboard a tall ship, and explore the Pacific and Gulf Coasts for weeks on the road. The result: we experience all three of America’s coasts within 17 weeks.

    Faculty and staff join students on these field seminars, as we visit sites on off the beaten path. Professors lead labs aboard ships, holds lectures on the beach, and conduct class at historic sites across the country. From the shipping terminals of San Francisco and the center of New Orleans to the middle of the redwood forests and the open ocean, we bring our classroom with us wherever we go. 

    Fall Semester

    • Offshore Voyage: Lake Erie
    • Pacific Coast: Northern California
    • Gulf of Mexico: Louisiana

    Spring Semester

    • Offshore Voyage: Caribbean
    • Pacific Coast: Pacific Northwest (Oregon & Washington)
    • Gulf of Mexico: Louisiana