Semester in the West

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Whitman College Semester in the West is an interdisciplinary field program focusing on public lands conservation and rural life in the interior American West.  Our objective is to know the West in its many dimensions, including its diverse ecosystems, its social and political communities, and the many ways these ecosystems and communities find expression in regional environmental writing and public policy.  The program is scheduled for fall semester every other year in even years.  The 2014 program is underway! 

Follow the 2014 program now on our Tumblr blog, Facebook, and Instagram!  Click the symbols:

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You can keep track of our travel and adventures throughout the semester on our Tumblr Blog at, follow our "Photo of the Day" on Instagram at, and "like" us on Facebook at  We'll post more about the 2014 program once we begin!

You can also check out the final projects from the 2012 program.  Go to to listen to our podcasts, and go to to watch our videos and final "epiphanies." You can watch "The Arena" by clicking here, a 2012 final project edited from our Canyonlands footage by Sam Hinkle, Cathryn Klusmeier, and Chase Martin. Learn more about all of our 2012 Canyonlands media projects here.  

The Arena