Political Science Courses at MIT


MIT has a very distinguished graduate program in political science and offers some excellent undergraduate courses, most of which can count toward the major at Wellesley. Some MIT courses listed under political science are taught by an instructor who is not a member of that department. Such courses normally cannot be counted toward the political science major at Wellesley. Note: All approved MIT courses transfer to Wellesley at the 200-level.

Courses in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in Political Science at MIT can count towards the Political Science major at Wellesley if the student writes a substantive research paper as part of her UROP work and that paper is evaluated by the UROP supervisor as part of the final grade. The supervisor must inform the Political Science Transfer Credit Advisor at Wellesley by email that the paper has been evaluated.

If you have questions about a particular MIT course, please consult with our transfer credit advisor.

A list of MIT undergraduate political science courses offered in Spring 2021 is found below indicating which courses will be counted for major credit. If you have questions about a particular MIT course, please consult with our transfer credit advisor, Prof. Nancy Scherer.

PLEASE NOTE: During the 2020-21 academic year MIT will allow Wellesley College undergraduate to cross-register for remote UROPs only. Wellesley College students will not have access to MIT buildings or facilities for the duration of the 2020-21 academic year. Wellesley students can only cross-register at MIT for paid (sponsored research) or volunteer positions; Wellesley College is not allowing students to cross-register for credit UROPs during the 2020-21 academic year. 

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Spring 2021


MIT Political Science Classes Offered in Spring 2021 (DRAFT)



Meeting time(s)

Counts for major credit?

17: Al for Democracy

Lily Tsai    
17. Political Misinformation in the 2020 Election and Beyond Adam Berinsky    
17. The Politics of Trade Policy in China In Song Kim