The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College connects individuals and communities with opportunities to explore, study, and experience the Southwest's dynamic heritage.
We envision the Center of Southwest Studies to be a central gateway where people can learn the unique nature of the American Southwest through the understanding of its people and their dynamic relation to the landscape. We envision a sustainable future for our region and see the Center as an active but impartial leader in helping to foster positive solutions to the complex issues that affect us. We envisage a region of informed and spirited citizens who are active stewards of our historic, cultural, and natural resources. To make this goal a reality, the Center features innovative educational programs and research opportunities that promote a greater awareness of the deep connections between people and natural systems.