Model United Nations & Model Arab League

Model United Nations and Model Arab League

Want to serve as a diplomat? If so, then participate in a simulation for the United Nations or the Arab League! This opportunity is available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Enhance your resumé with employers, graduate schools, and law schools with this high-impact, real-world exercise.

The Model United Nations or Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) offers you the opportunity to role play a member country each November in Atlanta, GA. JSU has participated in SRMUN since 2015.

Prospective delegates should enroll in the 3-hour PSC 423-001 or 002 American Foreign Policy in the Fall semester or in the 1-hour PSC 439-001 or 002 Model Debate Team: Global Issues course. If students are members of the Honors Program and wish to receive Honors credit, instead of Political Science credit, students must enroll in UH 439. Students will research, write position papers, and master parliamentary procedures regarding their assigned country.

Students selected as a delegate will pay their own delegate fee ($80-$85) and hold a fundraiser for the team with their fellow delegates. Hotel and transportation expenses are usually covered by JSU and from the fundraiser account. Students are expected to cover a portion of their meals for the 2-night/3-day event (Thursday-Saturday). Students participating in this academic exercise will be officially excused from classes.

Students must enroll in PSC 423 or PSC 439 to participate. Students should register for one of these courses for the Fall semester. However, interested students should reach out to Dr. Lori Owens, (256) 782-8269, as soon as possible. Students who have successfully completed PSC 423 will register for PSC 439. Delegates will meet virtually or in person one afternoon or evening each week to prepare for the competition.

For more information regarding SRMUN, please visit the SRMUN web page.

Fall 2021 SRMUN Dates: November 18-20 at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Atlanta.

We will resume our participation in Model UN in Fall 2022. If you are interested in participating, please email Dr. Lori Owens directly at ljowens@jsu.edu prior to the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester.

The Southeast Regional Model Arab League (MAL) simulation is held each March in Spartanburg, SC (usually the second or third weekend of March). Delegates to the MAL role play a country that is a member of the official Arab League which was founded in Cairo, Egypt in 1945. The United States has a long and friendly history with several Arab countries that even pre-dates the creation of Israel as a state in 1948. There are 22 member nations of the Arab League.

JSU has engaged in MAL since 1999 and is one of the longest participating members in the Southeast Regional Model Arab League. Scores of JSU students have engaged in this hands-on learning exercise and went on to successfully earn their law degree or secure a position in the corporate world.

As a broad understanding of the region is needed to effectively participate in MAL, prospective delegates should enroll in the 3-hour PSC 377 Governments of the Middle East which is offered each Spring semester. Students who have already successfully completed PSC 377 may enroll in the 1-hour PSC 439-001 or PSC 439-002 Model Debate Team: Global Issues course. Students who are members of the Honors Program and want to earn Honors credit for the MAL, should contact Dr. Lori Owens prior to the beginning of the Spring semester. Students will research, write position papers, and master parliamentary procedures regarding their assigned country.

Students selected as a delegate will pay their own delegate fee ($40-$45) and hold a fundraiser for the team with their fellow delegates. Hotel and transportation expenses are usually covered by JSU and from the fundraiser account. Students are expected to cover a portion of their meals for the 2-night/3-day event (Friday-Sunday). Students participating in this academic exercise will be officially excused from classes.

Depending on their course background/history, students should register for PSC 377 or PSC 439 for the Spring semester. However, interested students should reach out to Dr. Lori Owens,(256)782-8269, as soon as possible. In addition to the PSC 377 course work, delegates will meet one afternoon or evening each week to prepare for the competition.

For more information on the MAL, please visit their web page. Go to the Southeast Conference section to view the agenda, conference itinerary, and country assignments for the Spartanburg, SC event.

Students who participate in MAL, are given first priority to apply for paid summer internships offered by the National Council on U.S./Arab Relations in Washington, D.C. Students may also earn college credit for these internship opportunities.

MAL Delegates may also apply for student study visits to the region where they will be joined by other high achieving students and faculty from the United States.

The Southeast Regional Model Arab League will be held March 18-20, 2022 in South Carolina. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Lori Owens directly at ljowens@jsu.edu prior to the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester.

  • Model United Nations, Atlanta, GA, 2019 Representing Jordan

    Model United Nations, Atlanta, GA, 2019 Representing Jordan

    Front L-R: John Ethan Howard, Rachel Wallace, Abigail Reed; Back L-R: Jake Duncan, Will Milner, Devin Carter

  • Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2019 Representing Algeria

    Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2019 Representing Algeria

    Front L-R: Keely Smith, Rachel Wallace, Bailey Stephens, Feidan Wang, Lama Alreesh; Back L-R: Yousef Alaseel, Jake Duncan, John Ethan Howard

  • Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2019 Representing Algeria

    Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2019 Representing Algeria

    Rachel Wallace and Keely Smith

  • Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2019 Representing Algeria

    Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2019 Representing Algeria

    John Ethan Howard and Jake Duncan

  • Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2018 Representing Oman

    Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2018 Representing Oman

    Anna Whatley, Jon-Kaden Mullen, Keely Smith

  • Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2018 Representing Oman

    Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2018 Representing Oman

    Front L-R – Keely Smith, Anna Whatley, Mekenna Richardson, Sydney Wilson. Back L-R – Jon-Kaden Mullen, Luke Wood, Alex Wilkerson, Jake Duncan

  • Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2017 Representing United Arab Emirates

    Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC, 2017 Representing United Arab Emirates

    Front L-R – Keely Smith, Cailee Cole, Anna Whatley. Back L-R – Alec Young, Chase Arnold, Hunter Gentry, Jon-Kaden Mullen, Alex Wilkerson, Marshall Holloway

  • Model United Nations, Atlanta, GA  2017 Representing the United Arab Emirates

    Model United Nations, Atlanta, GA 2017 Representing the United Arab Emirates

    Front L-R - Sydney Wilson, Keely Smith, Amber Smith, Anna Whatley. Back L-R- Michael Myrick, Jon-Kaden Mullen, Marshall Holloway, Alex Wilkerson

  • Model United Nations, Atlanta, GA  2015 Representing Morocco

    Model United Nations, Atlanta, GA 2015 Representing Morocco

    Front L-R – Payten Samuels, Jesslan Sharp, Tatiana Mosbey, Emily Powell. Back L-R – Travis Chambers, Carlos Javier Acosta, Blake Owens, Alec Young