Model United Nations
Model United Nations (POL-317) is the course that prepares Rider University’s award-winning Model United Nations (MUN) team for the annual National MUN competition in New York City. The team has brought home top awards for the past decade and continuously strives for excellence. POL 317 is a student-led course that hones writing, public-speaking and researching skills of student-delegates and it represents student engagement at the highest level. Chosen through a rigorous selection process in the fall semester, the student-delegates write position papers during the winter break, and develop caucusing, team-working, and presentation skills in class during the spring semester. During the past five decades, Rider University’s MUN team has represented more than 50 countries, and competed with thousands of delegates from national and international universities. It is one of the premier engaged learning and cohort-building institutions on campus.
What is Rider Model UN?
National Model United Nations (NMUN) is a University-wide co-curricular annual special project within the Political Science Department. It has been active since 1967 and is open to students of all schools and majors. Stretching from late September to the Saturday before Easter, NMUN requires research, writing, speaking, caucusing, and bargaining at a consistently rigorous level. There have been 39 teams and some 300 participants in Rider NMUN.
NMUN allows Rider University students to participate in the largest intercollegiate simulation in international relations, matching them with students from a cross-section of 200 colleges and universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
Eligibility and Requirements
NMUN is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have at least a 2.5 overall grade point average and who have completed either Global Politics (was International Relations, POL 215) or an acceptable substitute with at least a C+ before the start of the Spring semester. The essential qualities required of team members are an ability and willingness to carry a demanding research schedule, an ability to meet deadlines, enthusiasm and reliability, and getting along with teammates.
What Do You Get out of It?
Participants not only learn first-hand aboutvarious issues of international politics and economics, but also how to speak extemporaneously in front of a large audience of strangers, to take leadership initiatives in debates and caucusing, to work cooperatively with people they have never met before to solve common problems, to fashion workable compromises through negotiations, and to grow in self-knowledge and self-confidence.
A Lifetime of Benefit
NMUN alumni consistently rate the NMUN experience as the single most memorable and beneficial experience they ever had at Rider, in terms of developing initiative, maturity, judgment, self-confidence, the ability to think on their feet and hold their ground in real-life discussions and negotiations.
Honors and Awards
Nineteen NMUN Teams from Rider have received honors and awards, including "Best Delegation" and "Distinguished Delegation" awards.
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Barbara Franz (Ph.D. Syracuse University) is Professor of Political Science. Her research interests juxtapose the phenomenon of mass migrations and refugee movements and what they mean for the stability of nations, the increasing potential of culture clashes within societies, and the root causes of migration movements, violence, terror, and genocide, as recently seen in Rwanda, Bosnia and Syria.