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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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International Relations and Diplomacy B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration: International Relations and Diplomacy 42 Credits
Open Electives 18 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy must complete:

  • IRDP 110 Diversity Politics & Tolerance
  • IRDP 252 Globalization
  • IRDP 372 International Organizatns/U.N.
  • IRDP 373 Internatl Organiztns/Cse Std
  • IRDP 340 Art & Science Int'l Relations
  • IRDP 356 Int'l Negotiations & Diplomacy
  • IRDP 420 Risks, Crises and Conflict


three additional Area Studies or topical courses designated as International Relations and Diplomacy electives, which may be chosen from this list (other courses may be so designated by permission of the program head):

  • HIST 309 Europe Upheaval: 1914-Present
  • HIST 332 China Hist:Antiquity to Presnt
  • HIST 333 Asia in Revolution
  • HIST 336 Africa: Colonial/Independence
  • HIST 367 American Foreign Policy
  • ENGL 257 Latin American Literature
  • ENGL 263 Black Atlantic:Lit/History
  • ENGL 352 Contempry African Literature
  • IRDP 295 Top Int'l Relations & Diplomcy
  • SOCL 249 Race, Culture & Ethnicity
  • SOCL 206 Sociology of Violence
  • INBU 250 International Business
  • SPCM 250 Psychology of Communication
  • NURS 369 Comm Hlth Nurs:Global Perspect

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.

How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
How do I apply to the program?
Please follow the general admission to Mercy College procedures.
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.
Is this program offered online?
The program is not offered entirely online.
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.
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.
Where can I go to get more information?
Diana Juettner 914-674-7546.
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, credits in the major between 30-48 depending on concentration.
Michiko Kuroda Visiting Assistant Professor, International Relations and Diplomacy

International Relations and Diplomacy Overview

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.

International Relations and Diplomacy FAQS

How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
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.
In Class: International Relations and Diplomacy

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 Fast Facts

  • Offered at Dobbs Ferry and Manhattan campuses so students can take advantage of college's connections with the United Nations
  • Internationally renowed 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.