Model United Nations (MUN) is a class offered at BYU that teaches basic principles of diplomacy through lectures, assignments, and realistic simulations of international multilateral negotiations. In MUN, students acquire skills in policy making, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, consensus building, and resolution writing. These principles are applied in mock UN sessions discussing and solving real UN committee topics.
In the spring, BYU takes a MUN team to the national conference in New York City, where schools from all over the world compete in UN negotiation and policy making. At the conference, BYU maintains a prestigious reputation for always bringing a sharp, competent team to win the top awards. We hope to continue this legacy by finding the most capable and passionate students at BYU to join our exceptional MUN team.
MUN CLASS 351 R
Fall Semester is an open enrollment, three-credit-hour class that provides an introduction to the workings of international organizations, with special emphasis on the United Nations. Students learn skills necessary for success, including public speaking, research, writing, parliamentary procedure, and diplomacy. The course features a retreat and several mock United Nations sessions.
Winter Semester may be added by instructor’s permission only. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the fall semester syllabus, focusing primarily on level of commitment, congruency of professional goals, and potential for leadership. Students prepare for the BYUMUN conference where hundreds of high school students come to compete in a United Nations simulation at BYU. The majority of the semester is spent preparing for the National Model United Nations conference in New York City where students represent countries. At the conference, they diplomatically pursue their country’s policy objectives in formal sessions, while competing against students from around the globe.
Instructors include Cory Leonard, William Perry, and Marie Kulbeth.