The IR major requires the completion of 12 courses in the IR
curriculum (Core and Thematic Concentration) plus completion of the
IR language requirement and a capstone requirement.
Students should immediately begin using an
IR Major Checklist,
to better understand the requirements and to track their progress.
This form should be updated before each registration period and used
in consultation with your advisor.
The Core Requirements constitute the foundation of knowledge that is
needed by all majors in International Relations, regardless of
thematic concentration. They are comprised of broad introductory
courses that cover the major themes and debates within each
discipline on the study of international affairs.
- Introduction to International Relations (PS 61)
- Principles of Economics (EC 5)
- International Economics (one course from approved list)
- The Historical Dimension (one course from approved list)
- Theories of Society and Culture (one course from approved list)
II. Thematic Concentration Requirement
Thematic Concentrations are designed to provide students
with substantial, in-depth, and focused study of an aspect of
international relations. Students will choose one concentration and
take 7 courses from that concentration.
Regional and Comparative Analysis (choose one sub-concentration)
a. Europe and the Former Soviet Union
b. East and Southeast Asia
d. Middle East and South Asia
e. Latin America
Global Health, Nutrition and the Environment
(Note: The OLD TC5
The United States in World
Affairs is available to Class Years 2018-2019 ONLY.)
(Note: The OLD TC6A
Ideologies and TC6B
are available to Class Years 2018-2019 ONLY.)
Majors in International Relations must display oral and written
proficiency in a foreign language. Thorough language study is an
essential tool for developing cultural literacy and sensitivity,
which are important goals of the major. Proficiency is met by 8
semesters of instruction or the equivalent in a single language.
Students may place into courses above level one and thereby complete
the requirement in fewer than 8 Tufts semesters.