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Getting Involved on Campus

The ultimate value of college comes from the combination of your course work and your activities. Both matter.

What You Will Find on This Page

  1. The Value of Campus Involvement
  2. Department Activities

1. The Value of Campus Involvement

When you graduate, you will apply for professional jobs or law school admission or graduate school admission. The degree and the gpa get you into the pool of seriously considered applicants. The challenge, of course, is to be one of the people selected from this pool and actually hired or admitted. You need to stand out—at least a little bit—from all the other people who have earned a degree with a similar gpa. You need to do some things while here to help you stand out from all the other applicants you will be competing with; being active on campus is one of the things you can do.

Organizations and activities broadly related to Political Science and International Relations help you broaden your understanding, help you learn how to apply concepts from the classroom, build leadership experience, and meet real friends.

Most of these organizations are student led and student run. If a group you want to be a part of on campus doesn't already exist, it is extremely easy to start new groups.

MTSU Student Organizations
There are dozens of student clubs and organizations that are related to Political Science and International Relations. Skim though the List of Student Organizations to find a group that interests you, and you can get active and involved instantly. 

2. Department Activities

We have an extremely active Department and we want all of our students active and involved too. We thus offer a wide range of opportunities for students to interact with each other and with faculty outside of formal classes.
Department events are posted on fliers in the hallway, but the easiest and most reliable way to know when things are happening is by "liking" the MTSU Department of Political Science Facebook page. Just log in to Facebook, search for and "like" our page, and you will always be notified about Department events and upcoming opportunities.

Department Activities

  • Workshops
    • Each year the Department organizes workshops for students on key things like getting into law school, going to graduate school, internships, career development and so on. These are held late in the afternoon or evening, and are an opportunity for informal conversations among students, faculty, and outside experts on skills students need.
  • Films
    • Periodically throughout the year, the Department sponsors or co-sponsors films on political and international topics.
  • Speakers
    • Periodically throughout the year, the Department sponsors or co-sponsors speakers on political and international topics.
  • Social Events
    • We usually have one or more social events for students and faculty. They last several Spring semesters, for instance, we have closed the academic year with a Department picnic at a Murfreesboro park, with lots of good food, Frisbees, and full-contact basketball.
  • Skills/Activity Courses
    • We offer a wide range of one-credit skills or activity courses. Students work together and with faculty members, prepare, and compete at the state and national level in Moot Court, Mock Trial, Mock Mediation, Model United Nations, and Intercollegiate State Legislature competitions.
      • PS 2100 - Legal Courtroom Procedure (EXL)
        • For students interested in developing trial advocacy skills; practical course offering preparation for mock trial competition. One credit, but may be repeated up to three times.
        • Mock Trial and MTSU Mock Trial pages
      • PS 2110 Moot Court (EXL)
        • Students conduct research of legal controversies, prepare briefs, and argue cases before a mock judicial panel. One credit, but may be repeated up to four times.
        • Moot Court page
      • PS 2120 Mediation Procedure (EXL)
        • One credit. For students interested in developing skills as a mediator and an advocate in mediation settings. Practical application of theories, methods, and ethical components of mediation. Participation in intercollegiate mediation competition. May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.
        • Mediation page
      • PS 2130 Model United Nations/Crisis simulation (EXL)
        • One credit. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. For students interested in developing skills in negotiation and conflict resolution involving international issues. A practical application of negotiating skills, policy process, and understanding of international conflicts and problems through participation in intercollegiate MUN/crisis simulation competition. Course may be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit.
        • Model United Nations page
      • PS 2140 Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (EXL)
        • One credit. Students work through content and activities on legislative procedures designed to prepare them to participate in the annual Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL). May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

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