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. 

You can see the courses offered by the MIT Political Science Department here. The courses that would count towards IRPS begin with 17.4.

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

For 2021-22 Registration

Wellesley College students must follow the steps below to participate in a UROP during the 2021-22 academic year. You need to (1) cross-register for UROP with the MIT Registrar’s office and (2) submit a UROP application via UROP’s online application system. These steps must be followed every academic term (Fall, Spring and/or Summer) you participate in a UROP at MIT, even if you are continuing from a previous term.

Please see the MIT checklist for Wellesley College students which outline steps needed to be taken. See more information here.

Cross-Registration@MIT Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021, at 5pm ET

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.

To participate in a Fall 2021 UROP, Wellesley College students must complete ALL of the steps listed by the Wellesley College student deadlines: Cross-register no later than Friday, October 8, 2021 at 5pm ET & submit your UROP proposal no later than Tuesday, November 2, 2021. These are different from the deadlines for MIT undergraduates. All students must complete all of the steps, even if you’ve previously engaged in a UROP or cross-registered at MIT. 

For the 2021-22 academic year proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to access MIT's campus. Unvaccinated students will be unable to work in-person and access MIT's campus..  Note that students on leave from Wellesley are not eligible to participate in MIT UROP.  Wellesley students who do not meet all each of the deadlines listed below will not be able to UROP at MIT during that term.