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Humanitarian Studies Summer Courses

Classes listed as "online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during a portion of their scheduled meeting times with additional coursework to be completed asynchronously. Session III online courses are all asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus; however, the university will continue to implement the Flexible Hybrid Learning Environment to keep the community safe and allow for the possibility of remote attendance as necessary.


Fordham students please check courses in my.fordham.edu for the most accurate Attribute listings.

HUST 4001 R11 - The Humanitarian System: Past, Present, and Future
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 2-5 p.m.

The course boldly addresses the complex questions at the heart of modern humanitarian work, including how to decolonize aid, and what is “harm” in the context of the principle of ‘do no harm’. Students will analyze the roles and responsibilities of agencies and actors intervening in natural disasters and complex emergencies, as well as the legal framework for intervention, standards and accountability, humanitarian coordination, and the humanitarian project cycle. Students will also critique the logic and limitations of humanitarian action while exploring how it might become more responsive and effective. This course is an introductory requirement for the Humanitarian Studies major and minor, but is open to interested students from other disciplines.

CRN: 12476
Instructor: TBA
4 credits


HUST 4800 R21 - International Humanitarian Internship
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 2-5 p.m.

Mindful of the experiential nature of the scholarship that informs humanitarian studies, as well as of students’ ambitions to work in the non-profit, humanitarian and development sectors upon graduation, this internship seminar offers students the invaluable opportunity to intern with an international humanitarian non-governmental or inter-governmental organization (NGO or IGO) based in the New York City area. Each organization works to address humanitarian crises in distinct ways allowing for students to share diverse experiences throughout the semester. Students will learn about the structures and inner workings of a variety of organizations in the areas of global health, poverty reduction, provision of essential humanitarian assistance, displacement, human rights and international law, global governance, women’s rights, education, conflict resolution and peacekeeping, among others. Students will also gain professional skills in communication, public speaking, time management, research, writing and organization that are indispensable to any future career. Students will be required to give a class presentation on their organization and their work as an intern, and to submit a final paper reflecting on the experience they have gained during the semester and how they will apply it to future endeavors.

CRN: 12816
Instructor: TBA
4 credits


HUAF 5801 R21 - Humanitarian Internship
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: ,

Graduate course. Students will have an opportunity to intern at prominent international humanitarian organizations, helping them gain the necessary exposure and understanding of the dynamics of such organizations and their mission. Students must submit a final paper to their course instructor at the end of the internship.

CRN: 12692
Instructor: Perez
1 credits