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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 once they have successfully completed POLS 2400 – Model United Nations (offered each Fall, Monday evening from 6-8 PM)

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 |

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.

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 |

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

Tim Dixon, J.D., associate professor | (954) 262-8203 |

Pi Sigma Alpha

Nova Southeastern University is now home to the 826th chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. NSU’s chapter, Alpha Lambda Rho, is focused on recognizing and cultivating creative student leaders through scholarship and service. Benefits include recognition of academic excellence, the right to wear honor regalia, opportunities to attend the National Student Conference, scholarships for graduate study, best paper awards, annual chapter activity grants, and pathways to student leadership.

Each year up to five students across the United States are awarded a scholarship of $2,000 to support their first year of graduate school in political science. An additional five students are awarded a scholarship of $2,000 to support time in Washington, DC for a credit-based internship. Pi Sigma Alpha also recognizes a winner and two runners up for the best honors thesis award. There is an annual student research conference in February for members and a national undergraduate journal—Undergraduate Journal of Politics—is published twice a year. For students interested in playing a role in raising the image of the department through creative programming, the national office also offers chapter activity grants each fall for up to $2,000.

Open to: NSU students majoring in Political Science with the requisite GPA.

What You Can Learn: professional development, public speaking, research, writing, collaboration with cohorts and faculty members.

Contact: Ransford F. Edwards Jr., Ph.D., assistant professor | (954) 262-8205 |

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, Cuba, and Ireland.

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

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.

Contact: Visit the Travel study webpage for instructor contact information

Undergraduate-Graduate Leadership Council (UGLC)

The Department of History and Political Science also hosts the Undergraduate-Graduate Leadership Council (UGLC). One of the primary aims of the UGLC is provide an outlet for the undergraduate and graduate students in our Department to interact with each other and hone mentorship and leadership skills. It is also intended to provide a student forum for career and academic advancement. The UGLC is entirely student driven and is facilitated by faculty cooperation. The council is run by a committee of six students, 3 graduate students and 3 graduate students, chosen by their peers.

Open to: undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of History and Political Science (DHPS).

What You Can Learn: Learn about job opportunities, graduate options, and leadership.

Contact: David Kilroy, Ph.D., professor | (954) 262-8021 |

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