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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 2016 program will begin Friday, August 19th, 2016.  

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You can take a look at our 2014 adventures through our Tumblr Blog at, You can also check out the final projects from the 2014 program.  Listen to our podcasts on Sound Cloud, or watch the presentations of our "Final Epiphanies" on Vimeo.  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. 

The Arena

2016 Route

2016 map

2014 Projects

2014 Instagram

View our Instagram "Photo of the Day" feed here.


Listen to our 2014 podcasts here.

Epiphanies 2014

Watch us present our final "Epiphanies" by clicking here.