Transfer of Credit
Students must 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, Fletcher, and Consortium
- After receiving credit for the course(s) on SIS from the
corresponding department(s), complete the
IR Transfer of Credit
Form. Be prepared to attach a course syllabus (in English) and write a
brief explanation of the course's relevance to International Relations,
and how it meets the specific requirement within the Core or
Thematic Concentration Requirement for which you are seeking inclusion.
- 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.
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. For complete details on
academic credit and study abroad, visit the
Abroad website. To receive IR credit for study abroad courses,
follow the IR transfer of credit process above.
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
Students currently enrolled full-time at Tufts may cross-register at
certain other institutions, with appropriate approvals. The
university has consortium agreements with Boston College, Boston
University, and Brandeis. Tufts students wishing to enroll in
courses at one of the abovementioned institutions should refer to
Registrar's website for
Cross-Registration. To receive IR credit for a cross-registered
courses in the Boston Consortium, follow the IR transfer of credit
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. Please consider whether the course
shares similar intellectual content with the approved courses listed
for your Thematic Concentration Requirements when submitting
transfer credit requests.
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 in TC1, TC5, and TC6 must choose a culture course that relates to the concerns of their Thematic Concentration.
Students in TC2, TC3, and TC4 may alternatively fulfill the culture requirement by taking a course
from the linguistic region they are using to fulfill their
(Note: A student FULLY EXEMPT (e.g. native speaker) from the IR language Requirement
(with required proof of 8th semester level of proficiency on Tufts transcript)
may select a culture course from any language category).
Students may NOT use transfer courses for their capstone
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
IR Economics Requirements:
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 follow the remaining steps (2 and 3) in
the IR transfer of credit process above.