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Tufts University (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)

When The Fletcher School opened in 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, it was an act of hope in a time of despair and a boost to internationalism in a time of isolationism.

Today, as the oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, we continue to meet the demands of a world in which the only constant is change.

The primary aim of The Fletcher School is the same as it was when conceived by its founders: to offer a broad program of professional education in international relations to a select group of graduate students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging, and increasingly global society.

Our mission remains:
To educate professionals from around the world and to prepare them for positions of leadership and influence in the national and international arenas;
To increase understanding of international problems and concerns through teaching, research, and publications;
To serve local, national, and international communities in their search to develop relationships of mutual benefit, security, and justice in an increasingly interdependent world.
Alumni, students, faculty, and friends have invested their time and money, ideas and hard work to ensure that The Fletcher School remains true to this mission.

The Fletcher School is a leading graduate school of international affairs. The curriculum is a flexible one. Without the restrictions of core requirements, students choose courses to suit their academic and professional goals while focusing on two fields of study. Students also have a number of cross registration options at the graduate schools of Tufts and Harvard Universities. Fletcher students must write a thesis and pass a proficiency exam in a second language prior to receiving their degrees.

The Fletcher School maintains four buildings on the Medford campus: the Cabot Intercultural Center, Mugar Hall, and Goddard Hall (all contiguous), and Blakeley Hall, the dormitory, which is adjacent.

The Cabot Intercultural Center contains faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, part of the Edwin Ginn Library, a 350-seat auditorium and the Saskawa Conference Center. Mugar Hall contains faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, conference rooms, part of the Ginn Library, the John and Helen Mugar Graduate Student computer Laboratory, and dining rooms. Goddard Hall contains Ginn Library reading rooms, stacks, carrels and offices. The Fares Research Center in the lower level of Blakeley Hall provides office space for student groups, PhD Students, visiting research associates, National Guard/Army Reserve Fellows, and the Fletcher forum.

The Fletcher school offers a wide range of computer and information resources to assist students with their work and research. Some of these resources include the Mugar Graduate Computer Lab, located on the first floor of Mugar Hall within The Fletcher School complex. The lab includes both PC and Macintosh computers. In addition to the Mugar lab, three other computer labs are available to students on the Tufts campus.

In addition to the computer lab, all Fletcher students have access to other PC services and mainframe resources including on-line access to library catalogs throughout the world, CD-ROM-based bibliographic resources, and the LEXIS/NEXIS legal database.

The Edwin Ginn Library of The Fletcher School is one of the largest specialized libraries in the field of international affairs. The relatively small size of the student body allows the library staff to work closely with students on their individual research projects. Its collection of primary and secondary reference and research materials has been developed with careful attention to the content of The Fletcher School curriculum and the research interests of students and faculty. It contains over 100,000 volumes in addition to microform collections of the United Nations and United States documents. The library subscribes to over 900 current periodicals and serials and 40 foreign newspapers.

The library has substantial collections in the fields of international organization; international law; world politics; economic and political development; international energy resources and environmental matters; international security and peacekeeping; the uses of the sea and outer space; and human rights.

Electronic information resources are an integral part of the Ginn Library's research services. The library supports a number of computerized databases and subscribes to the LEXIS/NEXIS service. Researchers have on-line access to the Internet with connections to information resources throughout the world. Librarians offer workshops throughout the year on effective research techniques using both print and on-line sources. The library sponsors book talks on new faculty publications and assists students with exhibits of interest to the Fletcher community.

Tufts Univeristy's Tisch Library holds 600,000 books and 850,000 microtext units; over 21,000 audio recordings, films and videocassettes; 3,000 current periodicals; and a growing collection of electronic resources. It also houses special collections, audiovisual rooms and equipment, and the university archives.

In addition to the specialized reference and research facilities of the Ginn and Tisch libraries, Fletcher students have library privileges at Widener Library and the Law Library at Harvard university. Tufts University is a member of the Boston Library Consortium, which allows reciprocal privileges at 16 academic libraries in New England.

Located next to the Fletcher complex is the university's F.W. Olin Center for Language and Culture Studies. The Olin Center offers state-of-the-art audio and videotaped instruction in foreign languages. The center also includes satellite-linked work stations that receive international television programming.

The university arts center houses the 220-seat Marston Balch Arena Theater as well as two climate-controlled art galleries and a sculpture court. These facilities have enabled Tufts to expand its nationally renowned work in theater and to attract the nation's best artists to exhibit on campus.

School name:Tufts UniversityFletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Address:160 Packard Ave.
Zip & city:MA 02155 Massachusetts

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