Model United Nations

photo of the 2013 model un teamThe Model United Nations program at Wright State is built around a three credit-hour seminar in Political Science, PLS 4860/6860. The seminar emphasizes diplomacy, teamwork, problem-solving, public speaking, technical writing, and researching. Students have been quite successful in applying these skills at regional and international simulations. For over 30 years, Wright State University’s delegates have earned top awards at the National Model United Nations Conference – a winning streak unmatched by any other university. Preparation is the foundation for the program’s success. After weeks of research and practical application, Wright State University’s delegates truly live their policy.

What We Are

The Model United Nations program at Wright State is built around a three credit hour seminar in Political Science, PLS 4860/6860, which meets during the spring term. Team members are chosen on the basis of a written application and oral interview. Model U.N. is open to students in good academic standing from all majors and colleges. No previous experience is required. Your success as a team member is based on the improvement of your writing skills, speaking abilities, attendance and ability to portray another country's policy in a simulation.

What We Do

The seminar is used to prepare students for the week-long National Model United Nations Conference, held in New York City. Universities from around the world are each assigned a country to represent at the conference dealing with various topics and issues. During the class, students develop research techniques and master the skills of public speaking, negotiation, and technical writing that are essential to diplomacy. Research for the conference in New York begins during Fall semester and continues through the Spring term. To help prepare for the week long conference, we schedule regional practice simulations with other schools. These regional simulations include a day-long practice session and the Dayton Model United Nations Conference, known as DAYMUNC, held at Sinclair Community College that attracts multiple universities from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky every year.

For more than 30 years, Wright State student delegates have enjoyed earning top awards at the National Model United Nations Conference – a winning streak unmatched by any other university. Each year the conference has grown in size and international participation. Last year, more than 5,200 students from over 400 colleges and universities from nearly 30 countries around the world took part.

The Model U.N. experience has become a unique academic experience at Wright State. The seminar emphasizes public speaking, technical writing, researching, and self confidence, all of which are qualities essential for any future career.

Model UN Overview Presentation (PDF)