Chesapeake Regional Studies
Welcome to our world
The Chesapeake Bay is such a central part of our region—without it, there would be no “Eastern Shore” and we wouldn’t call ourselves Washington College “Shoremen.”
The Chesapeake Regional Studies program, an interdisciplinary concentration which can include courses in natural science, social science, and humanities, was developed to enable students to take advantage of our connection to the bay.
Our location in historic Chestertown provides unique opportunities for field research in biology, environmental studies, and history, and makes studying the Bay and its environment a natural fit.
Students can complete the minor in one of two ways:
1) Either completion of the Chesapeake Semester and one other course chosen from those listed below, or
2) Completion of BIO 104 and four additional courses chosen from at least two academic divisions listed below. Special topics, internships, or other courses focused on the Chesapeake region may be considered with the approval of the Director.
Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
-ART 322. The Arts in America
-PHL 102. Contemporary Moral Issues
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
-BIO 206. Ecology or ENV 294 Applied Ecology
-BIO 309. Marine and Estuarine Biology
-ENV 313. Wetlands Ecology
Division of Social Sciences
-HIS 313. 17th- and 18th-Century America
-ENV 117. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
-ANT 305. Doing Anthropology
Chesapeake Semester Courses
-CRS 240. The Natural Science of an Estuary
-CRS 242. The Social Science of an Estuary
-CRS 244. A Humanities Perspective on the Chesapeake
-CRS 246. Interdisciplinary Study of an Estuary: Integration and Action
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Participants will study the complex history, ecology, and culture of the Chesapeake as a microcosm of the challenges and transitions confronting coastal communities around the world. Using the College and the shores and waters of the Chester River as base camps, students will journey in, on and around the 64,000 square mile watershed.Learn all about it
Center for Environment & Society
We live in a world with increasing environmental and related social problems, rapidly reaching crisis levels. As we work toward resolution, we especially need to cultivate a new generation of creative, solution-oriented leaders for the future. Everything we do prepares our undergraduates – the next generation of leaders – to help solve the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st Century, through innovative curriculum, real-world experiences, training in cutting edge technologies, and new ways of thinking.
Everything we do prepares our undergraduates – the next generation of leaders – to help solve the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st Century through innovative curriculum, real-world experiences, training in cutting edge technologies, and new ways of thinking.
We can relate.
Art, music, literature—even as they’re distinguished by different languages and historical periods, they’re all interrelated. So why should you have to choose just one to study?