IR majors must fulfill the following requirements:
- All courses must be taken as a graded course and a grade of C- or
better is required for a course to count toward the IR major. Courses
taken pass/fail will not count toward the IR major.
- 12 courses in the IR Curriculum (Core and one Thematic Concentration)
plus completion of the IR language requirement. Students are not permitted
to petition courses to count toward the IR major. There is no double
counting among the Core, Thematic Concentration, and Language Requirements.
Within a Thematic Concentration a single course may fulfill more than one
Thematic Concentration requirement. However, a student who uses a single
course to satisfy multiple requirements must still complete a total of 7
courses in the Thematic Concentration. Courses used as part of the major
may also be used to fulfill distribution requirements.
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 of 2019 ONLY.)
(Note: The OLD TC6A
Ideologies and TC6B
are available to Class of 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.