The International Relations Program at Tufts University offers a course of study for undergraduate students with a primary interest in international and regional studies. The field of international relations includes the study of:
A major in international relations is therefore interdisciplinary. However, it should not be conceived simply as an agglomeration of knowledge from several fields. Rather, both faculty and students in international relations strive to compare and integrate the methodologies and evidence they acquire in different disciplinary settings as they seek answers to similar questions.
The International Relations Program at Tufts University was created in 1977, as one of the first international relations programs in the country. In that inaugural year under its first director, Professor John S. Gibson of the Political Science Department, the Program enrolled 27 students. Today, with over 600 declared majors and an international reputation, the IR Program has become one of Tufts University's most popular undergraduate concentrations.
Yet its popularity has not prevented the Program from delivering the hallmark of a Tufts education—small class sizes allowing for individual faculty attention to students. This is due in no small measure to the inclusiveness of Tufts' approach to international relations. An interdisciplinary major, the Program draws upon the strengths of 18 related departments and programs. Additionally, the IR Program has a staff dedicated to keeping the students and faculty informed and prepared to navigate the rigorous program.
The IR major requires the completion of 12 courses in the IR curriculum (Core and Thematic Concentration) plus completion of the IR language requirement and a capstone requirement.
Students should immediately begin using an IR Major Checklist, to better understand the requirements and to track their progress. This form should be updated before each registration period and used in consultation with your advisor.
I. Core Requirements
The Core Requirements constitute the foundation of knowledge that is needed by all majors in International Relations, regardless of thematic concentration. They are comprised of broad introductory courses that cover the major themes and debates within each discipline on the study of international affairs.
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 will choose one concentration and take 7 courses from that concentration.
Regional and Comparative Analysis (choose one sub-concentration)
a. Europe and the Former Soviet Union
b. East and Southeast Asia
d. Middle East and South Asia
e. Latin America
International Economics (choose one sub-concentration)
a. International Trade
b. International Finance
c. International Environmental Economics
d. International Development Economics
Global Health, Nutrition and the Environment
(Note: The OLD TC5 The United States in World Affairs is available to Class Years 2017-2019 ONLY.)
(Note: The OLD TC6A Ideologies and TC6B Empires/Colonialism/Globalization are available to Class Years 2017-2019 ONLY.)
III. Research Methods Requirement
IR students will choose one thematic concentration and take 7 courses from that concentration. One of the 7 courses must be a research methods course. View an approved list of research methods courses for Thematic Concentrations 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. Note: TC3 students are required to take a Quantitative Reasoning course, which has a separate course listing.
IV. Language Requirement
Majors in International Relations must display oral and written proficiency in a foreign language. Thorough language study is an essential tool for developing the cultural literacy and sensitivity, which are important goals of the major. Proficiency is met by 8 semesters of instruction or the equivalent in a single language. Students may place into courses above level one and thereby complete the requirement in fewer than 8 Tufts semesters.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.