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Transfer of Credit

Process to Receive IR Transfer Credit:

Students need to complete the following steps so that courses taken at other institutions may be counted toward the IR major. Students are strongly encouraged to do this before they take the course.
  1. Complete the Transfer of Credit process through SIS. The request(s) must be made to the corresponding department(s) -- for example, Art History, Economics, or Sociology. Log into SIS, navigate to "Classes," and click "Request Transfer of Credit." (NOTE: Skip this step for Tufts Abroad and Fletcher courses).
  2. After receiving credit for the course(s) on SIS from the corresponding department(s), complete the IR Transfer of Credit Form.
  3. Email SIS approval, IR Transfer of Credit Form, and the course(s) syllabus/syllabi to IRTransferCredits@ase.tufts.edu

IR approval takes approximately one week. Students will be notified via email whether a course has been approved for IR credit and a record of the approval is kept with the IR Program Office.


Fletcher School Courses:
Tufts students wishing to enroll in Fletcher courses should refer to the Fletcher website for Cross-Registration for Non-Fletcher Students. To receive IR credit for Fletcher courses, follow the IR transfer of credit process above.

Study Abroad:
No more than 3 courses taken abroad may be applied toward the 12 course IR major (only 1 of which can be applied toward the IR Core requirements). There is no limit on the number of language courses taken abroad for the IR language requirement. Courses taken at Tufts and Non-Tufts Programs must be approved by the IR Program in order to be used to fulfill IR requirements. The transfer credit process should begin before you leave to study abroad. For complete details on academic credit and study abroad, visit the Study Abroad website. To receive IR credit for Study Abroad courses, follow the IR transfer of credit process above.

Core Requirements:
The IR Program will be cautious in allowing transfer credits to count toward Core Requirements. The Core Requirements were designed carefully to provide all majors with a common intellectual foundation. Please consider whether the course shares similar intellectual content with the approved courses listed for the Core Requirements when submitting transfer credit requests.

Thematic Concentration Requirements:
The IR Program allows transfer credits to count toward Thematic Concentration Requirements. Requirements vary based on the students chosen Thematic Concentration. Please consider whether the course shares similar intellectual content with the approved courses listed for your Thematic Concentration Requirements when submitting transfer credit requests. Courses that have been approved for Thematic Concentration Requirements in the past have included, but are not limited to, Social Science courses, Research Methods Courses, and direct equivalency courses.

Culture Requirement:
Culture courses examine different aspects of a culture and must include the analysis of primary texts and sources. A primary text or source is a product produced by the culture under study. Some types of primary sources include original documents, creative works, and relics or artifacts. Students must choose a culture course that relates to the concerns of their thematic concentration (students in TC2, TC3, and TC4 must select a culture course from the same linguistic region they are using for their IR language requirement unless they are exempt from the IR language requirement).

Capstone / Thesis Requirement:
Students may NOT use transfer courses for their capstone /thesis requirement. This requirement must be fulfilled at Tufts.

Language Requirement:
The IR Program defers to the respective language departments for evaluation of language courses to fulfill the IR Language Requirement.

Economics Requirements for IR:
Because the Economics Department requires that its majors take its core courses (EC 11 Intermediate Microeconomic, EC 12 Intermediate Macroeconomic, EC 13 Statistics, and EC 15 Basic Econometrics) at Tufts, Tufts students cannot receive equivalent credit for these particular courses. IR students can, however, receive general credit in the Economics Department for these courses, but it is necessary for them to state in the comment box of the SIS submission to Economics that they are "requesting for IR major credit only." The Economics transfer credit representative will then evaluate the courses for their content and note whether the courses are acceptable for credit for students who are not pursuing a major or minor in Economics. Students who receive credit from the Economics Department in this manner must then use the International Relations Transfer of Credit Form to seek credit for the specific Economics requirement for their major.