The Environmental Studies and Maritime Studies programs provide students with an opportunity to explore the myriad ways that humans interact with diverse environments at scales ranging from local to global. The capstone course for Environmental Studies and Maritime Studies, this seminar brings together students who have specialized in the humanities, social studies and/or the sciences to exchange ideas across these disciplines. Over the course of the seminar, students will develop a sustained independent research project on a topic of their choice.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
active participation, discussion leading, several smaller assignments and multi-step capstone project
declared major/concentration in Environmental Studies or Maritime Studies, ideally to be taken in final semester at Williams
Environmental Studies majors and concentrators, Maritime Studies concentrators
required course for students wishing to complete the Maritime Studies concentration
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
This course is focused on building up cross-disciplinary writing and communication skills. In addition to 3 short writing assignments, there will be a scaffolded capstone project through which emphasis will be placed on honing writing skills, including for different audiences, and there will be opportunities to revise and resubmit work. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.