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Model United Nations

Model UN Simulation

Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and other branches of the UN system. In Model UN, students assume the role of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While role playing as ambassadors, delegates make speeches, write resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts and navigate the Model UN parliamentary rules of procedure. This is done in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve transnational issues that cannot be solved by individual states alone.

Model UN encourages the study, discussion and resolution of global issues while promoting the development of long-term skills such as researching, writing, public speaking, problem solving and leadership. Participation in Model UN also advances consensus building and conflict resolution, and it allows delegates to interactively practice compromise and cooperation techniques. These skills are attained while the delegate is meeting new people from diverse backgrounds.

Model UN Capstone Course

Each spring semester, selected students from the WVU departments of Political Science and International Studies participate in a three-hour capstone course. The course prepares the delegation for the National Model United Nations Conference annual diplomatic simulation in New York. During the spring semester, students meet weekly to gain an understanding of the history, operations and committee system of the United Nations. Students also study history, foreign policy and related policy positions of the assigned country, learn parliamentary procedure, prepare position papers and practice writing resolutions. The delegates’ in-depth knowledge of their country guarantees an energetic and memorable conference experience.

The culmination of this course is the National Model United Nations diplomatic simulation held every April. With nearly 5,000 students in attendance from approximately 25 countries, National Model UN is the world’s largest college Model UN conference. During the simulation, each student becomes a diplomat and has the opportunity to meet with real diplomats, attend opening and closing sessions at the United Nations building and listen to keynote speakers. In the past years, WVU has represented countries such as Hungary, Oman, Azerbaijan, North Korea, the Czech Republic, Panama, New Zealand and Romania. At the upcoming conference, WVU will represent New Zealand and Romania.

Model U.N. Club

The Model United Nations Club allows students who are not political science or international studies majors to attend Model UN conferences. Students can receive three credit hours for conference preparation and attendance. No previous MUN experience is necessary to participate in the club. If you are interested in joining Model UN Club, please contact the club’s faculty advisor, Dr. Clarissa Estep, at clarissa.estep@mail.wvu.edu.