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Courses: INTR Courses

Qualitative Research Methods (INTR 91)
An interdisciplinary exploration of qualitative research methods commonly used in International Relations. Students learn qualitative methods in International Relations, pose significant questions, obtain and evaluate complex data and organize and articulate their findings. Topics include, but are not limited to, IRB certification, historiography, literary analysis, ethnography, observation and interview methods.

Quantitative Research Methods (INTR 92)
An interdisciplinary exploration of quantitative research methods commonly used in International Relations. Students learn quantitative methods in International Relations, pose significant questions, obtain and evaluate complex data and organize and articulate their findings. Topics may include, but are not limited to, IRB certification, Excel for data analysis, GIS, statistical analysis, case study methodology, and program evaluation.

IR Internship (INTR 99)
Credit for INTR 99 may only be applied toward the thematic concentration portion of the IR major. Therefore, at least 75% of the work at the internship site must be directly related to the student's Thematic Concentration. Students seeking IR credit for an internship must comply with the steps outlined below:

  1. Write a statement of intent that explains the scope of the internship and how it relates to your Thematic Concentration.
  2. Secure sponsorship by an IR Core Faculty member with expertise in your Thematic Concentration and/or who has some familiarity with the professional setting of the internship. The faculty sponsor must write a letter of support for the student and outline the terms of the internship (which must include a 20 page paper and at least 150 internship hours).
  3. Submit materials to the International Relations Program Office in the Cabot Intercultural Center, Suite 605 or send electronically to Karen.Notch@tufts.edu with the subject heading "IR Internship Request." Completed requests must be submitted no later than one week prior to the last day for AS&E students to add classes for the current term.
  4. Once the IR Program has approved the internship, the student will be assigned the section number needed for registration. To register, students must submit a One-on-One Course Form to course_updates@ase.tufts.edu by last day for AS&E students to add classes.

IR Independent Study (INTR 193 or INTR 194)
The IR Program offers an IR Independent Study option for students to broaden, deepen, or sustain intellectual interests that grow out of coursework or participation in other activities. Students seeking IR credit for an independent study must comply with the steps outlined below:

  1. Write a statement of intent to pursue an independent study that outlines the topic and question to be addressed, discusses the types of evidence to be examined, and explains how the independent study is in accordance with your Thematic Concentration. Additionally, provide a working bibliography and evidence of completion of at least two courses in the proposed field of study sufficient to provide adequate foundational knowledge to pursue the independent study. 
  2. Secure sponsorship by an IR Core Faculty member, with expertise in your Thematic Concentration, to direct the project. The faculty sponsor must write a letter of support for the student and outline the terms of the independent study.
  3. Submit materials to the International Relations Program Office in the Cabot Intercultural Center, Suite 605 or send electronically to Karen.Notch@tufts.edu with the subject heading "IR Independent Study Request." Completed requests must be submitted no later than one week prior to the last day for AS&E students to add classes for the current term.
  4. Once the IR Program has approved the independent study, the student will be assigned the section number needed for registration. To register, students must submit a One-on-One Course Form to course_updates@ase.tufts.edu by last day for AS&E students to add classes.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students registered for an IR independent study may NOT be registered for any other class covering substantially the same intellectual material. University rules barring double-credit for academic coursework would prohibit students from submitting work from an IR independent study for credit in any other course.
  • Students may only apply one internship credit (INTR 99) or one Independent Study credit (INTR 193/194) toward the Thematic Concentration, but not both.