Director's Welcome

Oxana Shevel

With more than 100 core faculty members, drawn from 20 departments and programs across the School of Arts & Sciences, the International Relations (IR) Program offers one of the most popular undergraduate majors at Tufts and is consistently ranked as one of the best undergraduate international relations programs in the United States of America.

By design, the IR major seeks to provide students with advanced knowledge of a foreign language and a solid foundation in history, economics, culture, and politics, on the basis of which students can pursue their regional or thematic interests among a wide range of options, including international economics and development, international security, global health, nutrition, the environment, human rights, migration, colonialism, gender, race, ethnicity, and religion.

The IR Program's events, student groups, and research opportunities make it a vibrant hub of student activity and student-faculty engagement.  IR graduates go on to pursue a dizzying array of careers around the world, in the public and private sectors, international organizations and institutions, as well as attend some of the world's top graduate and professional schools.

The ongoing health and security crises and their consequences are striking examples of the innumerable ways in which international relations shape our lives.  We invite you to explore our program through these pages and to get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like more information.

— Professor Oxana Shevel, Director of International Relations Program