Students in the major concentration of International Relations and Diplomacy must also fulfill a language requirement by demonstrating competency or by taking language courses either at Mercy College or another institution. Students fulfilling this requirement at Mercy may choose either a four-semester sequence in a single language (pending placement, with a minimum of two semesters for fulfilling the International Relations and Diplomacy program language requirement) or a sampler of three different exposure courses, with either option totaling up to 6–12 credits granted towards the degree. Alternatively, students may pursue demonstrated competency in a foreign language, or study abroad in a non-English speaking country with demonstrated basic competency in the language. Six credits will be applied to the IRDP major.
In addition, students are required to complete six credits from one of the tracks below:
IRDP 431, IRDP 432 (three credits each) Study Abroad for International Relations and Diplomacy majors
IRDP 441, IRDP 442 (three credits each) Model UN Track
IRDP 451, IRDP 452 (three credits each) University for Peace Program
IRDP 461, IRDP 462 (three credits each) Service Learning through Externship
IRDP 471, IRDP 472 (three credits each) Capstone Project (Alternative to Experiential Component)
There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of International Relations and Diplomacy.