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About Tufts International Relations Program

Academic Mission

The International Relations Program at Tufts University offers a course of study for undergraduate students with a primary interest in international and regional studies. The field of international relations includes the study of:

  • The history, politics, economics, and cultures of regional systems around the world
  • International economics
  • Global health, nutrition, and the environment as they relate to international relations
  • The causes and consequences of war and the conditions for peace
  • The spread of ideas through global practices and behaviors such as human rights, migration, urbanization, media, technology, empires and colonialism, and the study of culture
  • How individuals perceive themselves in their relationships to the world through prisms such as gender, class, religion, race, nationality, and ethnicity

A major in international relations is therefore interdisciplinary. However, it should not be conceived simply as an agglomeration of knowledge from several fields. Rather, both faculty and students in international relations strive to compare and integrate the methodologies and evidence they acquire in different disciplinary settings as they seek answers to similar questions.