To earn the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, a student must complete 120 credits are required. Every student will have a major, and major requirements will vary, but a typical major consists of 10-15 classes, and a typical class is worth 3 or 4 credits.
Beyond the primary major, students select the classes of their choice, sometimes opting for a second major (about a third of all students will have a double major) or a minor (about half of all students will have a minor), while fulfilling several general education requirements: writing, language, world civilizations, and distribution. We summarize the requirements below. For a comprehensive look at the requirements for graduation, please see the Tufts Bulletin.
Foundation and Distribution Requirements
|First-Year Writing Requirement
|English 1, English 3, or exemption due to course equivalents
|English 2, English 4, Philosophy 1, exemption due to A or A- in English 1 or 3, or exemption due to course equivalents
|Language or Culture Requirement
|Part 1: Competence equivalent to three semesters of college language classes
|Part 2: Competence equivalent to three additional semesters of college language or culture classes
|World Civilizations Requirement
|1 class on a non-Western civilization or the interaction between non-Western and Western civilizations. The class may overlap with the language requirement or distribution requirement, but not both.
|2 classes in the humanities, 1 of which can be a course equivalent
|2 classes in the arts, 1 of which can be a course equivalent
|2 classes in the social sciences, 1 of which can be a course equivalent
|2 classes in the natural sciences, 1 of which can be a course equivalent
|2 classes in the mathematical sciences, 1 of which can be a course equivalent
|*no more than 2 of the distribution classes may be from a single department