All IR majors are required to complete a capstone within their Thematic Concentration. The capstone requirement MUST be fulfilled at Tufts; students may not use transfer courses for their capstone requirement. IR majors must fulfill the capstone requirement by completing one of the following:
Consult the Curriculum page for more information about upper-level seminars in your Thematic Concentration. Some seminars require pre-requisites or are listed as 'high demand' courses that include specific registration procedures. Therefore, we suggest that students familiarize themselves with seminar requirements that meet the capstone to ensure that they have completed the pre-requisites and/or can meet the 'high demand' procedures.
IR Directed Research (INTR 195 or INTR 196)
A Directed Research Project enables students to pursue focused independent research in a specific subject area for one semester. Completion of this project will satisfy the IR capstone requirement. A student may also choose to undertake a directed research project as an elective to reach the total number of courses needed to complete the Thematic Concentration if they have already fulfilled all of the requirements for that Thematic Concentration. Completed applications must be submitted no later than one week prior to the last day for AS&E students to add classes for the current term.
How to Apply
Complete the IR Directed Research Application.
Submit completed applications electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading "IR Directed Research application".
Once the application has been received, the IR Program must certify that the content of the project is applicable to the student's Thematic Concentration. Once the IR Program has approved the project, the student will be given permission to register via the One-on-One Course Form.
IR Senior Honors Thesis (INTR 197 and INTR 198)
The IR Senior Honors Thesis enables students to pursue focused independent research in a specific subject area in their senior year. Senior thesis students are required to meet weekly in a seminar (INTR 197 – cross listed with PS 198) to explore research and methodological issues in International Relations and also to critique and improve each other's written work. All juniors majoring in International Relations who wish to enroll in a senior honors thesis must follow the steps below. Completed applications must be submitted no later than the last day of classes in the spring semester of the student's junior year. Students who are studying abroad or are away from the Medford campus during the second semester of their junior year are still responsible for submitting their applications on time. Students who successfully complete the Honors Thesis will be acknowledged at graduation. Based on the quality of thesis work, degrees are designated bachelor of arts with highest thesis honors, with high thesis honors, or with thesis honors. Additional information regarding the Thesis Honors Program can be found in the Tufts University Bulletin.
How to Apply
- Complete the IR Senior Honors Thesis Application.
- Submit completed applications electronically to email@example.com, with the subject heading "IR Senior Honors Thesis application".
- Once the application has been received, the IR Program must certify that the content of the project is applicable to the student's Thematic Concentration. Once the IR Program has approved the project, the student will be given permission to register for INTR 197 on SIS in the fall of their senior year. (Students will be automatically enrolled by the IR Program in INTR 198 in the spring of their senior year).
- Complete the Thesis Honors Candidate Form. This form is due to the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education in Dowling Hall in the fall of the student's senior year.