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Preparing for MUN Conferences

Knowing More and Changing Your Perspective About Yourself and the World

All students who participate in the Model United Nations (MUN) Programs at CSUSB will go through an academic curriculum that will prepare them to excel both at the CSUSB - MUN and outside. Many students who have participated in MUN at CSUSB say it is one of the most rewarding things they did in college and also one of the most difficult ones! Students gain an in-depth understanding of the United Nations (UN) and the UN system, the Member State they are presenting and the region under study. Additionally, students gain a better understanding of what they are capable of and what they can achieve in life. 'Life changing' is the most common phrase you will hear from alumni of the CSUSB MUN Programs. 

Coursework for the Model United Nations Program

Model UN Courses (Fall 2022 and Beyond)

As of Fall 2020 new courses were added in association with the CSUSB - MUN Program. Beginning in Fall 2021, GEOG 5150 (Global Governance and the United Nations System) has been offered every semester and it is open to any student who wants to learn more about the UN system and world governance. This course will also fulfill the upper-division social science GE requirement. Additionally, it will satisfy the Global Connections General Education Pathway and the GE designation G (Global Perspective). Those who have taken this course are given priority in joining the team.

The Formula for Success and Growth at CSUSB - MUN -- The Three 'Ps' Plus 1 (3Ps+1)

The CSUSB MUN Program prepares to participate in MUN conferences using a formula that is known as the 3Ps +1 formula (Preparation, Procedure, and Professionalism + Passion). We grade the entire class on 3Ps+1 at the end of every practice session. Each of these pillars of the CSUSB MUN Program helps students to excel at the conference and also in their everyday lives. Let's start with "passion" and work our way backwards.

Passion: perhaps the most important element needed for any person to succeed in the CSUSB - MUN is to be passionate about more than just grade and GPA. Passionate about humans, animals, and the environment. Passionate about the future of our species, the solutions, and the actions. Without passion, none of the other Ps matter, really. Passion is the spine of everything we do, why we do it, and how we do it. 

Professionalism: the second most important element is professionalism. Professionalism guides the way we see ourselves, and we see others. It is with the use of absolute professionalism that we give speeches, have dialogues, agree or disagree, and how we get things done. 

Procedure: procedure is referring to the "rules of the game" if you will. Just like a sports match, there are rules in the CSUSB - MUN. Who gets to speak, how things get determined and corrected, who gets to pick to do what, who is the referee, and much more. 

Preparation: what we mean by preparation can be summarized as "the substance of that passionate speech given professionally after being given the opportunity by the procedures." All the information about what the issue is, what is its history, which Member Stated have addressed it. All of this data comes to be as a result of extensive preparation we do in our training.