Maritime studies are quintessentially international and intrinsically interdisciplinary. Oceans and waterways act as source, avenue, and arena. They constitute an important sphere of international affairs, as a place of concern for makers of policy and shapers of events.
At Fletcher, maritime affairs allows students to explore the past, present, and future of oceans and waterways in the wider context of energy, environment, human rights, security, and business. Students may, with special permission, elect maritime studies as one of their Fields of Concentration , crafting their own programs to reflect specific regional or topical interests, e.g. Pacific Asia, environmental or security studies, business or law, etc., within a maritime context. MALD Capstones and doctoral dissertations can also have maritime themes. The one required course for such salt-water enthusiasts is
DHP H202 Maritime History and Globalization.
I have been at Fletcher for the past 35 years, teaching a variety of courses based in history but with an interdisciplinary reach. Over the past several years I have moved from regional to global studies, focusing on the evolution of oceanic societies.
Here at Fletcher we have formed a group of students and alumni, called “the Neptunes,” who meet frequently to discuss various oceanic matters, also make excursions to maritime sites of particular interest (please visit our ‘Voyages’ page), hold lectures, and participate in international conferences.
I invite interested students to correspond directly with me concerning these opportunities.
John Curtis Perry