Model UN is a two-credit course. Students have the opportunity to act as the UN representative of a sovereign nation and take part in debates, write resolutions, caucus with other Model UN students, and learn a lot about the world and about the country they represent.
Students also have the opportunity to travel to the American Model UN conference in Chicago, which is held each November. Some grant money is available, on a competitive basis, to defray travel costs to the conference. At the conference, Hollins students join with hundreds of students from the U.S. and Canada, representing almost every nation in the UN. Debate topics usually include such issues as terrorism, human trafficking, refugees, economic development, and issues of war and peace.
Participation in Model UN improves students’ skill in research, debate, negotiating, and public speaking.