What is Model United Nations? Model UN is an activity in which students (in teams) represent a nation in a United Nations simulation. The simulation gives students the chance to engage in pre-professional training and experience an actual conference.
Why should I join? Model UN is a great way to meet other people and learn about the world. The Muskingum team meets weekly to study the country we will represent and try to raise money. In March or April, the entire team goes to New York to attend the American Model United Nations conference. Participation in Model UN also looks really good on applications to graduate school or law school, as well as employment. In the past, Muskingum University has represented Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Belarus, the United Kingdom, Kenya, and Israel.
I do not plan to study political science. Why should I join? The United Nations discusses many issues, including cultural issues (such as language and religion), economics, and scientific matters (such as health care and the growing size of deserts).
What happens in New York? In New York, we meet students from over 100 different institions of higher education and universities in the United States and other countries. Each university represents at least one country. The goal of the conference is to learn how international politics works. But it is also a great way to meet a lot of different people and make friends.
We will be in New York for four days. During this time, we also have a chance to see a little of this great American city. There is a free afternoon, which students have used to visit art museums, historical places, or just go shopping. There is also a dance after the conference.
What would I need to do? There is an additional cost (usually $750) for the course to pay for the conference travel. Everyone who joins must conduct research. You would help the other team members write a research paper about the country we will represent. You will also have to research an issue (such as women’s rights or chemical weapons) which will be discussed at the conference.
The MUN club goes year-round, although students need only enroll in the Spring semester class to go to New York. It is recommended that first time students also take POLS 354: Model United Nations. Students who have already taken POLS354 may take the 1-credit course POLS355 for repeat credit.
Why can’t I just go to New York? Our trip is the result of months of planning and work by the team. It is not fair to let those who have not done the work join us.
What if I don’t know much about politics or the United Nations? POLS354 includes information about the UN to allow you to participate.
I am afraid that I do not speak English well enough to participate. There is usually another Model UN member who will work with you during the entire conference. We will prepare you well before we leave.
Where can I get more information?
• The conference we attend has a website: nmun.org
• You can also talk to the advisor of the club, Dr. Richard Arnold
• The Model UN club will have a table at the Involvement Fair.