Political Science, B.A.

Student Clubs and Academic Teams

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Pi Sigma Alpha

Join the Alpha Delta Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. The group is open to juniors and seniors who have completed at least ten semester hours in political science, with an overall GPA in the upper one-third of the class. Along with the recognition they receive, members have unique opportunities for leadership and achievement.

Contact Dr. Steven Nawara at (815) 836-5323 or at nawarast@lewisu.edu to learn more about Pi Sigma Alpha.

Lewis University’s New Model United Nations Course

In Fall 2016, Lewis University is introducing its first Model United Nations program. Model UN —which entails both coursework and intercollegiate competition— will:

  • Teach students about current global issues;
  • Provide them with a better understanding of how the United Nations works; and
  • Help them develop skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research.   

It’s a Class
POLS-32800 Model United Nations is a three-credit hour course that is designed to introduce students to the structure and practices of the UN.  This coming Fall, the course will be from 3:30 to 4:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students will study current events, pressing international issues, the basics of international law, and some of the protocols and procedures of UN diplomacy.

It’s a Competition
The Model UN course will prepare students for their roles as model diplomats at the American Model United Nations competition in Chicago.   Each November, one or two Lewis delegations will participate in the competition at the Sheraton Grand Chicago for three days and nights.  Each Lewis delegation will represent a particular country, after having rigorously studied the politics of that country in Lewis University’s Model UN course.

Who Can Join?
Any Lewis student, regardless of major or year, can join Model UN.

Who to contact?
For further information about Model UN, contact Dr. Justin Delacour of the Department of Political Science at (815) 836-5709 or delacoju@lewisu.edu.  (Dr. Delacour will teach the Model UN course and accompany the Lewis delegation to American Model United Nations competition in Chicago in November). 

Mock Trial Team

Lewis University's Mock Trial Team offers essential learning for those entering the field of law and is one of the strongest programs in the entire nation - competing nationally and placing in the top 10 regionally over the last six consecutive years. Coached by some of our local alumni attorneys, Lewis University Mock Trial Team members take on roles as witnesses, attorneys and more, to examine legal cases in a simulated courtroom.

Cassandra Myers

You will develop better communication skills, presentation abilities, logic and confidence in this fun and competitive environment. In fact, many of our Mock Trial Team students have gone on to win scholarships to The John Marshall Law School because of the success they've accomplished in national and international competitions.

For the latest list of the Lewis University Mock Trial Team’s accomplishments, see the In the News section under the Political Science web page.

Mediation Team

Summer Hallaj

Gain a strong foundation in one of the fastest growing legal professions. Lewis University's Mediation Team is the newest of Lewis' academic teams, but already making a big name for themselves.

In fact, our Mediation Team won the very first invitational championship we entered. Mediation Team competitions consist of acting out three roles: Mediator, Attorney/Advocate and Client, a simulated practicum in real-world mediation, which will aid you in whatever career path you end up in.

For the latest list of accomplishments of the Lewis University Mediation Team, please see the In the News section under the Political Science web page.