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International Relations

Model United Nations and Other International Relations Student Activities

Model United Nations Team

Any undergraduate student at Maxwell may participate in the Model UN Team. Earn 1 credit for participation in the fall conference and 3 credits for participation in the spring conference and accompanying coursework.

Model United Nations Club

The MUN Club is a great opportunity to learn debate techniques, conference procedures, resolution writing and negotiation. Students discuss salient global topics and propose policies to address urgent issues.

International Relations teams and clubs
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Almost a century ago, a Maxwell faculty member turned a top-of-the-head idea into a student exercise in diplomacy—and basically invented Model UN. Today, Maxwell's Model UN Team regularly receives top honors at competitions in NYC and Washington, D.C.
Model UN students represent Saudi Arabia

The Model UN team, composed of eighteen International Relations majors, was named an “Outstanding Delegation” for its portrayal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the National Model UN conference held April 13-19, 2019 in New York City. 

Maxwell Model UN students representing Arab Republic of Egypt

A Maxwell team of thirteen international relations students named a “Distinguished Delegation” for its portrayal of the Arab Republic of Egypt. 

Maxwell students in Model UN

Nineteen Syracuse University/Maxwell students participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in March 2018, and was named a “Distinguished Delegation” for its portrayal of Poland. 

Maxwell students in Model UN representing Finland

A Syracuse University/Maxwell team participating in the National Model UN (NMUN) conference earlier this month was named a “Distinguished Delegation” for its portrayal of the Republic of Finland/Suomi. 

More International Relations Clubs and Activities

International relations majors often get involved in academic, social, political, cultural or professional organizations in addition to Model UN. Below is a sample of clubs and organizations that IR majors often join.

International Relations Club


The IR Club creates opportunities for awareness, education and reflection about international relations issues through events and activities on the Syracuse University campus; works with local public service organizations that support international communities; and provides students with academic and professional resources in the field.

Oxfam at Syracuse University


Oxfam is an international organization seeking solutions for poverty, hunger and all forms of injustice in over 90 countries. The Syracuse University group works in alignment with Oxfam America.

Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA)


International relations selects up to two seniors to represent Syracuse University at SCUSA at West Point, N.Y. The conference facilitates discussion between civilian delegates and West Point cadets to better understand challenges faced by the United States. IR majors can apply within the program.

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC)


The U.S. Naval Academy hosts the undergraduate conference each year to provide a platform for midshipmen to partner with civilian counterparts, young officers and civilian delegates from two dozen countries for discussion of current global affairs. IR majors can apply within the program.

Looking for more opportunities to get involved? Syracuse University has over 500 clubs and organizations.

Lara Hicks

I am Maxwell.

“Model U.N. has boosted my confidence and my abilities to adapt in contentious situations. My public speaking, negotiation skills and intercultural communication have immensely improved.”

Lara Hicks ’22 B.A.

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International Relations Undergraduate Program
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