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Student Opportunities

The following student opportunities are housed within NSU's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of History and Political Science.

Model United Nations Team

The Nova International Relations Association (NIRA) is NSU’s award-winning Model United Nations team. NIRA brings together a diverse group of students interested in global issues and provides a forum for students to discuss international relations. NIRA represents NSU at statewide and regional conferences, has competed at the largest regional Model U.N. conference in the South, and has won several state and regional awards. NIRA also hosts a high school Model U.N. conference on the NSU campus, at which NIRA members act as committee chairs, running the entire simulation. Team members have gone on to serve as conference staff members after graduation.

Open to: NSU undergraduate students of all majors

What You Can Learn: Improve your research, writing, public speaking, teamwork, and parliamentary skills; meet like-minded students

Contact: G. Nelson Bass III, Ph.D., assistant professor | (954) 262-8099 | nbass@nova.edu

Mock Trial Team

NSU’s Mock Trial Team brings together students interested in law school or in honing their public speaking abilities. During a mock trial competition, students are assigned different roles (prosecuting attorney, defense lawyer, witness, etc.) and then perform these roles in a simulation of an actual court case against other universities. Students spend several months learning the case and working on their roles in preparation for the regional competition. The winning teams advance to the next round, culminating in the National Mock Trial Competition. The Mock Trial Team will also host a workshop on NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus at which team members work with local attorneys to help high school students prepare for their own mock trial competitions.

Open to: NSU undergraduate students of all majors

What You Can Learn: Improve your speech and debate skills, learn how to craft a convincing argument

Contact: Gary Gershman, J.D., Ph.D., professor | (954) 262- 8211 | ggershma@nova.edu

Phi Alpha Delta

The Department of History and Political Science houses the pre-law chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (PAD), which is an international, co-educational fraternity dedicated to pro­moting professional competency, service, and professionalism within the legal community. NSU’s undergraduate chapter is focused on creating strong bonds between students, teachers of the law, and legal professionals. PAD provides students with numerous opportunities for legal exposure through courthouse visits, LSAT practice sessions, and visits from admissions counselors from various law schools. PAD sponsors a shadowing program that partners undergraduate students with law school students to explore the law school experience. Undergraduate PAD members also work with NSU’s College of Law PAD chapter to host and attend relevant events.

Open to: NSU undergraduate students of all majors

What You Can Learn: Gain insight into the law school experience, sharpen your LSAT skills, network with like-minded students and legal professionals

Contacts:
Tim Dixon, J.D., associate professor | (954) 262-8203 | dixon@nova.edu
Lauren Garcia, student and chapter president | lg1100@nova.edu

Travel Study

Travel study is an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain unique cultural and hands-on experiences—while earning academic credit—through approved coursework that incorporates travel. Travel study courses offered by the Department of History and Political Science include faculty-led trips to Eastern Europe and Ireland.

What You Can Learn: Travel study experiences can awaken students' curiosity about the world and allow them to look at their lives from different perspectives. Some students take travel study courses to explore in-depth topics important to their majors. Others pursue travel study to satisfy a curiosity about another culture, learn another language, and experience new and completely different things.

Open to: qualifying NSU undergraduate students of all majors who have met the course requirements and prerequisites

Contact: Visit the Travel study webpage for instructor contact information

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