About The Field
Some 240,000 people are employed in humanitarian work around the world today. The agencies they work for spend close to $15 billion/year and they are present, on the ground in all of the political, economic and environmental crisis events we are familiar with. This field of study seeks to equip students with an understanding of both how these crisis environments evolve, how communities caught up in them survive and what role the international aid system plays in that survival. Students will take away from the field an understanding of the natural of humanitarian crises and a critique of the humanitarian aid system.
Below is a representative portrait of curricular requirements for this Field of Study. Core requirements are subject to periodic updates and modifications; current Fletcher students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive requirements in a given academic year.
The Humanitarian Studies Field of Study requires the completion of a minimum of three course credits from the list of electives below.
- Required Courses - any of the below courses may be used as the required course:
- Examples of Elective Courses:
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Outside the Classroom
- UNHCR - Conakry, Guinea
- The Asia Foundation - Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Save the Children - Gao, Mali
- International Rescue Committee - Monrovia, Liberia
- CARE International - Arua, Uganda
- Catholic Relief Services - Washington, DC
- USAID - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- USAID - Maputo, Mozambique
- Search for Common Ground - Yangon, Myanmar
- Center for Civilians in Conflict - Washington, DC
- Mercy Corps - Bamako, Mali
Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty
"Fletcher offers you the opportunity to acquire a broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of major international dynamics in international relations, at the intersection of development, human rights, conflict resolution, security studies, humanitarianism, and gender studies."
— Daniel Maxwell, Professor and Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, Director of the MAHA Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Other faculty with expertise in the field: