Model United Nations Program

Model United Nations (MUN) at Bellevue College (BC) is both an academic program and a student club. The academic program is a ten-credit sequence of three courses that is designed to prepare students for participation in local, national, and international MUN conferences. The program has two tracks–a 100-level track for new students and a 200-level track for returning students.

POLS 121/222 is 2 credits and is offered in the Fall

POLS 122/222 is 3 credits and is offered in the Winter

POLS 123/223 is 5 credits and is offered in the Spring

The sequence is specifically designed to prepare students to participate in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City–the biggest such conference in the world. At this conference thousands of student “delegates” from around the world come together to simulate UN committee proceedings as representatives of a country other than their own. In recent years, our delegation has represented New Zealand, Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, and Malaysia. Student delegates at the conference write position papers, draft resolutions, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, and navigate the U.N.’s rules of procedure in an attempt to mobilize international cooperation to resolve real international problems. This is an amazing opportunity to travel to New York City, to meet real foreign diplomats, and to visit the United Nations Headquarters. It is also a unique learning opportunity that helps students foster skills related to research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building and conflict resolution.

In addition to the annual New York conference, the BC MUN team regularly participates in local conferences (such as the annual NWMUN conference in Seattle), regional conferences (such as the annual NMUN-NW conference in Portland, Oregon) and international conferences (such as NMUN Italy in 2014, NMUN Ecuador in 2013, and NMUN France in 2012).

Our students have won numerous individual and team awards over the years and we are very proud of our program. To learn more about what we do and who we are, please visit our program website, which is maintained by current students, and/or email the faculty adviser, Tim Jones.

 

Last Updated January 12, 2015