Political Science: Hands-On Experience


Model United Nations

Model United Nations Conferences bring college and university students together to role-play delegates from their assigned countries.  At Model UN, delegates are judged on their ability to accurately portray their country’s policies and positions on a number of important issues. Knowledge of history, balance of power, alliances and diplomatic skill are fundamental. 

Students at AQ spend several weeks researching and developing their country's positions and policies.  They develop specific policy statements and practiced writing United Nations resolutions.  Knowledge of the structures and functions of the United Nations as crucial to the success of their portrayal as was knowledge of their country’s positions.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of Model UN at Aquinas College. At least 54 students from AQ represented the United Kingdom, El Salvador and Slovakia - making Aquinas one of the largest teams in the country. 

Issues addressed include: 

  • The war in Syria
  • IAEA attempts to monitor and control nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction
  • Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable development
  • Protection of and assistance to internally displaced people
  • The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges
  • The responsibility of men and boys in achieving gender equality 


group photo of people in front of a building     students at a Model UN event

students holding a "France" sign     people sitting in a group