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Program for

Chesapeake 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.

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  • Tori Alpaugh gets up close with a horseshoe crab during Chesapeake Semester.

    As a student of the Chesapeake Semester and an intern for the Center for Environment & Society’s ShorePower Project, Tori Alpaugh ’16 has gained unique insight into the complexities of environmental stewardship.

  • Allison Speight '14
    Allison discusses internship opportunities after graduating from the Chesapeake Semester in 2012.