Model United Nations Program

Model United Nations conferences have been held in the US and around the world since the inception of the United Nations in 1945. Although each conference is different in size, audience, and scope, Model UN programs all help students learn about the operations of the UN, expand their understanding of diversity, other cultures, and countries, become aware of global issues, and gain individual skills in research, negotiation, conflict resolution, public speaking, and diplomacy.

Hamline University’s Model UN is a rigorous academic program where students who are selected for the team have a chance to participate in the National Model United Nations Conference each spring in New York City.

View this video for more about the National Model United Nations Conference.

The program is housed in the global and area studies department, but undergraduate students from any major or unit can apply.

About our team

The Hamline University National Model UN team is chosen in the fall through a rigorous process, including a written application and formal interview. Application materials are made available in the fall on our website, outside Professor DeVriese's door (GLC 148S), and at Model UN information sessions in September and October.  Depending on budgets, the team consists of ten to twelve students each year.

During a Model United Nations conference, students will simulate the workings of principle organs of the UN. Students represent ambassadors of various countries and debate in committee a host of global issues currently before the UN. Such issues might include; disarmament, protection of the environment, concern for human rights, elimination of poverty and hunger, addressing the HIV/AIDs pandemic, disaster relief, or elimination of terrorism. Prior to conferences, students engage in extensive research on their country's history, culture, economics, and politics as well as its position within the UN. Students write position papers, resolutions, and amendments. They learn to caucus, to use parliamentary procedure, and to speak comfortably in a group and before an audience. In the process of preparing for and participating in Model UN simulations, students learn to integrate information across diverse disciplines such as global studies, economics, geography, politics, history, gender studies, environmental studies, sociology, and more. They develop research, oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.

General calendar

  • September and October

    Learn about Model UN and how to apply at Model United Nations Information Sessions. Watch for announcements and emails on time and location.

  • October

    Model UN sponsored faculty panel discussion on international topic or global region. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend, including Model UN, political science, and global studies alumni.

  • Early November

    Applications due.

  • November

    Announcement of National Model UN team and country.

  • Late November

    Team interviews and selection.

  • December

    Team pizza lunch and first team research session.

  • February

    All Model UN team members take a 4 credit Model UN class.

  • March and April

    Model Arab League simulation in class in preparation for National Model UN Conference in New York.

  • April

    Hamline's Model UN team attends the National Model UN Conference in New York.