Understanding the oceans is an essential aspect of appreciating how the world works and how we relate to it as human beings. The sea is so complex that it is impossible to comprehend from the perspective of a single academic discipline. With that in mind, this interdisciplinary semester combines insights from oceanography and the social sciences with practical skills in seamanship, allowing students to deepen their awareness of and appreciation for the ocean through hands-on research and personal experience, especially related to marine plastics.
This program offers students a deeper understanding of the complex marine environment through field-based research, a sailing adventure aboard a tall ship, and innumerable opportunities for skill-building, leadership development, and personal growth both on shore and at sea. This program emphasizes collection and analysis of data related to marine plastics research.
Cruise Track: Honolulu, Hawai’i to San Diego, California
When?June 13 - July 24
June 13-June 23 - On shore in Woods Hole
June 25-July 24 - At Sea
Develop lifelong skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.
Conduct field research on marine plastics while gathering real-time data that contributes to a global understanding of our oceans.
Who Should Apply?
This program is designed for students of any major who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of our world’s oceans while acquiring first-hand experience in field-research and sailing aboard a tall ship. Students earn 11 semester-hour credits for successful completion.