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Academics

Curriculum

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.

I. Core 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.

  1. Introduction to International Relations (PS 61)
  2. Principles of Economics (EC 5)
  3. International Economics (one course from approved list)
  4. The Historical Dimension (one course from approved list)
  5. 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.
  1. Regional and Comparative Analysis (choose one sub-concentration)
    a. Europe and the Former Soviet Union
    b. East and Southeast Asia
    c. Africa
    d. Middle East and South Asia
    e. Latin America

  2. International Economics

  3. Global Health, Nutrition and the Environment

  4. International Security

  5. Globalization
    (Note: The OLD TC5 The United States in World Affairs is available to Class Years 2018-2019 ONLY.)

  6. Identity
    (Note: The OLD TC6A Ideologies and TC6B Empires/Colonialism/Globalization are available to Class Years 2018-2019 ONLY.)

III. Language Requirement
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.