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  • B.S. in International Relations and Diplomacy

    Broaden and deepen your understanding of the world
    Learn about globalization, negotiation, diversity politics and tolerance, crisis and conflict, and world leaders.
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry & Manhattan

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General Education Requirements 60 Credits Major Requirements 27 Credits Language Requirements 6 Credits Major Electives 9 Credits Open Electives 18 Credits
Total 120 Credits
Students who choose the major concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy must complete:Major RequirementsNine courses (27 credits) listed below:IRDP/ SOCL 110 World CulturesIRDP/ SOCL 252 GlobalizationIRDP/ POLS 372 International Organizations: FundamentalsIRDP/ POLS 373 International Organizations: UNIRDP/ POLS 340 Art & Science of International RelationsIRDP/ POLS 356 International Negotiations & DiplomacyIRDP 420 International Security, Threats, and ConflictsIRDP 471 Capstone Project IIRDP 472 Capstone Project II


Language Requirements: Two courses (6 credits). This requirement may be waived by taking two language courses (6 credits) at another institution, or by demonstrating competency in a foreign language.

Please note: this requirement is in addition to the two language courses (6 credits) that are part of the General Education Requirements.


Major ElectivesThree courses (9 credits) designated as IRDP major electives may be chosen from this list (other courses may be so designated by permission of the program head):HIST 309 Europe Upheaval: 1914-PresentHIST 332 China in History: Antiquity to PresentHIST 333 Asia in RevolutionHIST 336 Africa: Colonialism and IndependenceHIST/ POLS 367 American Foreign PolicyENGL 257 Latin American LiteratureENGL/ HIST 263 Black Atlantic WorldENGL 352 Contempry African LiteratureIRDP 295 Contemporary IssuesSOCL 206 Sociology of ViolenceSOCL 249 Race, Culture & EthnicityECON/ INBU 250 International BusinessSPCM/ PSYN 250 Psychology of CommunicationIRDP 441 Model UN IIIRDP 442 Model UN IIIIRDP431 Study Abroad IIRDB 432 Study Abroad IIIRDP461 Internship IIRDP 462 Internship II

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of International Relations and Diplomacy.

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1-800-MERCY NY to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
How do I apply to the program?
Please follow the general admission to Mercy College procedures.
Is this program offered online?
The program is not offered entirely online.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Where can I go to get more information?
Eduardo Zachary Albrecht,
How many credits are required to complete the program?
120 credits total, 42 credits in the major.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Diana D'Amico Juettner Professor, Social Sciences
Eduardo Albrecht Assistant Professor International Relations and Diplomacy


For the student who hopes to one day become a major player in world affairs, this new major offers the academic and hands-on training to shape the international issues and events of our time. Students will get a thorough grounding in the art and science of diplomacy. They will also learn about global politics and economics, as well as develop a deep appreciation for cultures around the world. In the process, they will develop a rich understanding of how to engage with the world around us.

The new IRDP major will be taught by members of our internationally renowned faculty including former ambassadors, and by professors who are also working professionals and among the country’s preeminent experts on such global issues as conflict management, security, competitive markets, law, climate change, and human rights. Students will have special opportunities for externships, study abroad, and participation in the Model UN.


Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits are required to complete the program?
120 credits total, 42 credits in the major.
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Join our International Relations and Diplomacy class as they get ready for this year's model UN competition. Spoiler alert: their hard work paid off!

International Relations and Diplomacy at Mercy College2016

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Fast Facts

  • Offered at Dobbs Ferry and Manhattan campuses so students can take advantage of college's connections with the United Nations
  • Internationally renowned faculty
  • New, modern major

Career Opportunities

Students pursuing this program can move into a variety of fields upon graduation, including business, government, military, non-profit organizations and international civil service. This well rounded, integrated curriculum, featuring courses that encourage critical thinking and understanding of its practical applications, is greatly needed in today's job market community and the world.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Analyze situations in international relations by applying an understanding and knowledge about the dynamics of international relations, key factors and players
  • Identify issues, interests and options and develop recommended actions and measures by applying knowledge of international affairs
  • Demonstrate effective communication and negotiation skills for various forms of conflict management
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethics and consider culture, diversity and justice in analysis of international situations