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Students who participate in experiential learning opportunities often find themselves better prepared for life after graduation. By practicing in the real world what they learn in the classroom, students graduate with the basic and needed muscle memory to grow into successful professionals. Because one of our goals is to help students develop praxis, the Department of Political Science encourages students to participate in extracurricular opportunities, including those within and outside the academic world.

Model Arab League

Model Arab League is a diplomatic simulation and leadership development program. It is designed to give students insight into the Middle East and Arab world as well as build critical leadership skills, such as public speaking, negotiation, and compromise.

Model Arab League is a program of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and allows emerging leaders to learn firsthand what it is like to put themselves in the shoes of diplomats and other foreign affairs practitioners. In the process, the students come to realize how different these international relations realities are in comparison to what they previously thought. Grappling with the international challenges of representing the needs, concerns, interests, and foreign policy objectives of a government other than their own helps students deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Arab world and its peoples. They develop and practice useful analytical, organizational, writing, editing, and public speaking skills while strengthening their ability to engage in the art of reasoned argument and spirited debate.

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Each year, students in Model Arab League participate in the Ohio Valley Regional University Model Arab League. The JCU delegation has won awards several years in a row:

  • 2018 – Awarded “Best Delegation” for representation of Kuwait
  • 2017 – Awarded “Overall Distinguished Delegation Award” for representation of Mauritania
  • 2016 – Awarded “Distinguished Delegation Award” for representation of Mauritania
  • 2015 – Awarded “Overall Outstanding Delegation Award” for representation of Egypt
  • 2014 – Awarded “Outstanding Delegation” for representation of Saudi Arabia
  • 2013 – Awarded “Overall Honorable Mention” for representation of Egypt
  • 2012 – Awarded “Overall Honorable Mention” for representation of Lebanon

For more information on joining the JCU delegation, contact Professor Mona DeBaz  at 216.397.4324. 

Detailed information about the history and structure of Model Arab League is available in the MAL Handbook.

European Union Simulation

Offered as a three credit course, the European Union Simulation brings students from throughout the nation to converge on Washington, D.C. over three days in mid-November. Students engage in professional-level political briefings and participate in simulated meetings of the European Union’s primary decision-making bodies.

Berlin Seminar

In preparation for an immersion trip to Germany during Spring Break, students read intensively into subjects that include efforts to come to terms with the Nazi and East German pasts, treatment of minority groups, and foreign and defense policy.

Department Programming

Other department sponsored outings in the 2017-18 academic year included:

  • Special guest lunches:
    • Judge Dan Polster
    • Representative Sarah Latourette
    • Dr. Jamila Michener
  • The Cleveland Council on World Affairs
  • The City Club of Cleveland
  • The Cleveland Public Theater
  • Rant on the Rails: Thursdays at R’s Kitchen