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.
- 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).
- After receiving credit for the course(s) on SIS from the
corresponding department(s), complete the
IR Transfer of Credit
- 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.
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.
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 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.
The IR Program defers to the respective language departments for
evaluation of language courses to fulfill the IR Language
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.