The driving force behind the Williams-Mystic experience is you.


At Williams-Mystic, we study the world’s oceans and coastlines firsthand. We work across disciplines, exploring the history, literature, policy, and science of the sea. Our classrooms range from Mystic Seaport’s unparalleled Collections and Research Center to our over 8,000-square foot marine science center. Our classrooms also include field sites across the country, on all three of America’s coasts and on the open ocean. 


Top scholars from a variety of backgrounds collaborate on our rigorous curriculum, and students produce primary research in all four of their courses. At Williams-Mystic, you’ll immerse yourself in everything from Marine Policy to Maritime History to the Literature of the Sea; you’ll also conduct extensive fieldwork in Marine Ecology or Oceanography. You’ll make connections across disciplines while getting a clearer view of the big picture: the world’s oceans.

Regardless of your academic and career goals, Williams-Mystic’s approach will serve you well. It teaches you to lead and to listen, to consider and create, and to reach outside the traditional classroom. Our coursework prepares you for graduation and even graduate school (a number of our alumni have written dissertations springing from work they did at Williams-Mystic). But it also prepares you for an engaged, meaningful life.

Learn more about our courses at the links below: