The Model United Nations Program at McMurry University is an inter-disciplinary program that incorporates coursework with interactive, hands-on simulations to provide students with academic and practical learning experience.
The purpose of the Model United Nations Program is to increase students' content learning by teaching students basic knowledge of the UN system, parliamentary procedure and diplomatic language, and countries' foreign policies. In addition, the Model United Nations Program enhances students' critical thinking and process skills by focusing on: improving reading comprehension, public speaking, and cooperative learning; information analysis, synthesis and evaluation; problem-solving and negotiating strategies, and; identifying and developing leadership skills.
The Model United Nations Program at McMurry University provides students with the following specific educational and experiential learning opportunities:
(1) Model UN participants take an interdisciplinary three-credit course designed to prepare students for competition at local and national Model UN competitions (see #2 below). Students may take this course twice for credit: Political Science majors may take the course once for credit in the major and once for upper-level elective credit; non-majors may take the course twice for upper-level elective credit.
(2) Model UN participants compete in Model UN conferences. Preparing for competition involves research and role-playing. Students become ambassadors of specific countries by presenting position papers on their country's policy preferences, caucusing, negotiating, and consensus-building with others to solve global problems. Of particular interest to students is the National Model UN Conference, held annually in New York. Participants at this conference spend part of the conference at the United Nations headquarters and meet with UN diplomats from the US and other countries.
(3) Model UN participants host an annual Model UN conference on campus for area high schools and universities. Students participating in this activity learn organizational skills in conference hosting, parliamentary procedure, and content matter concerning the topics under discussion at the conference.
(4) Model UN participants engage in global community outreach by raising awareness of global problems. Ongoing outreach projects include raising awareness of the global landmine crisis and taking part in the Adopt-A-Minefield Campaign. Participants have spoken to local organizations about the landmine problem, and raised monies to clear a minefield in Cambodia.