APPLICATION FOR 2014
We are no longer accepting applications for 2014.
Each fall, the Chesapeake Semester will engage a select group of students in the interdisciplinary study of North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay.
This “signature semester” builds on the successful tradition of linking people and the environment in both the McLain Program in Environmental Studies and the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College. Connecting students to the land and water fosters a powerful sense of place and gives students a better understanding of the human and social dimensions of environmental issues. Participants will have an opportunity to study the ecosystem in depth, explore solutions to environmental problems, and explore the nexus between science, policy, and people’s every day life.
This is a four-course program for 16 credits offered only in the fall. It combines intensive study, field work, and outdoor adventure. Students might wake to write poetry at sunrise, muck through the marsh, kayak on the river, research aquatic organisms, hike in the mountains and sleep beneath the stars, all in the same week. Class work and day trips are supplemented with four themed “journeys” away from campus. On the final journey, participants will travel to Belize for a comparative study of culture, economics, politics, law, and ethics.