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To fulfill the International Relations major requirements, all students must complete the following:

I. Core Requirements
The five Core Requirements constitute a foundation of knowledge for all majors in International Relations, regardless of Thematic Concentration. They are comprised of broad introductory courses that cover the major themes of 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 choose one concentration and take seven 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 of 2019 ONLY.)

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

III. Language Requirement
Thorough language study is an essential tool for developing cultural literacy and sensitivity—important goals of the major. International Relations majors must therefore display advanced oral and written proficiency in a single foreign language: eight semesters of instruction or the equivalent. Students entering Tufts with prior foreign language experience may complete the requirement in fewer than eight semesters.


  • All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and a final grade of C- or better is required.
  • Students are not permitted to petition courses to count toward the IR major.
  • A single course may not fulfill both a Core and a Thematic Concentration requirement.
  • Within a Thematic Concentration a single course may fulfill more than one Thematic Concentration requirement. However, a student using a single course to satisfy multiple requirements must still complete a total of seven courses in the Thematic Concentration.
  • Courses used as part of the major may also be used to fulfill Tufts distribution and/or foundation requirements.
  • Courses used as part of the major may also be used to fulfill other major and minor requirements within the limits specified by the relevant academic departments and in The Bulletin.