Institutional Support

Teaching Democracy was spearheaded by the following Tufts University departments and Colleges: 

Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP)

Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University offers two graduate public policy and planning programs culminating in either a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree, which is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), or a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree. Our curriculum is built around a set of six core values (below) and a set of competencies based on three areas: knowledge, skills, and policy and planning in practice. We offer a wide range of electives, many taught by seasoned practitioners with extensive teaching experience. Students benefit from our connections with other schools at Tufts and Boston College, through either taking courses or pursuing joint/dual degrees — among the areas are child development, nutrition and food policy, international affairs, environmental engineering, law, and business management.

Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement. Serving every student at Tufts University, Tisch College prepares young people to be lifelong active citizens and creates an enduring culture of active citizenship.

Tufts University Office of the Provost

This project was funded through Tufts Innovates, a seed grant program sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Through these programs, the university has supported more than 183 groundbreaking projects, including 28 in the 2016-2017 academic year.

The goals of Tufts Innovates is to:

  • Ignite research collaboration among faculty members across disciplines; and
  • Catalyze innovative ideas for learning and teaching.

American Studies Program

The American Studies program is part of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora. American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that studies the paradigmatic narratives that shape our received understandings of the American past and present. American Studies considers contexts such as settler colonialism, slavery, labor, capitalism, immigration and war, all of which have influenced the ideas, history, culture and society of the United States. Students examine how political, economic and social differences inform and are reproduced by institutions and in public areas such as the law, education, work, health and the environment. Students attend to the intersecting dynamics of race, class, religion, region, gender and sexuality, and consider how these dynamics are mediated by literature, music, the visual arts and popular culture.

Department of Community Health

Department of Community Health at Tufts University is one of the oldest multidisciplinary programs within the university. Since 1975 CHP has provided students with a diverse, integrative experience in learning. The department’s relatively small size encourages a sense of community among fellow students, faculty, and staff.