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Environment & Society

How to Apply



We are no longer accepting applications for 2014.

Who Should Apply


imageThe Chesapeake Semester is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Washington College. A diverse range of students, with varying majors and interests, will create a dynamic learning environment. Advanced courses in environmental studies or ecology are not a prerequisite, nor is having experience in advanced literature or art courses. All students will be exposed to coursework that has never been offered before at Washington College. The artist and ecologist will be pushed equally out of his or her comfort zones. Note: Upon completion of the Chesapeake Semester, students will be just one course away from fulfilling the requirements for a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies. Like the Chesapeake Semester, this concentration is designed to complement any major course of study.



imageThe Chesapeake Semester requires a $5,500 program fee on top of standard enrollment fees. A $500 non-refundable program deposit is due April 30, 2014. The program fee covers a wide range of expenses not normally covered by tuition, including time on research vessels, museum entrance fees, speakers, airfare to Belize, and other travel expenses. Fees cover about a third of these additional program costs.

The $500 non-refundable deposit is due no later than April 30, 2014. Please mail to:


Leanne Murray

Washington College Business Office

515 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, MD 21620


Checks should be made out to WC Center for Environment & Society and clearly designated as “Chesapeake Semester Deposit” to insure that they are properly credited. Because of the high demand for this program, a waiting list will be maintained, and slots for which deposits or program fees are not received by the due date will be released to students on the waiting list.

The balance of the program fee ($5,000) is due by July 15, 2014Please clearly designate the payment as “Chesapeake Semester Program Fee.” No refunds will be issued after August 1, 2014.