Political Science Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha
The Political Science National Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, started off the new year with an exciting meeting determining potential activities for the club this semester. The club has decided on doing a "speaker series" in which professionals from different careers speak to those interested in the career and present exactly what the career entails. As the end of the year quickly approaches, the "speaker series" will help many seniors gain knowledge of what can be done with their major.
So far, the club has discussed bringing in a CLU alum who is a first year student from Pepperdine Law, an attorney, a political journalist, and possibly a politician. The club will be holding two meetings a month. At the meetings, current political events will be discussed as well as finalizing details dealing with the "speaker series."
For those who are a Political Science major/minor, 12 credits (4 upper division) of Political Science classes, and a 3.3 GPA can become members of the National Honor Society. The induction ceremony banquet will be held the beginning of April. Pi Sigma Alpha is set to hold interesting events this semester and the club is open to everybody.
Model United Nations
CLU Model United Nations researches and debates global issues facing the international community while representing actual countries and their positions inside and outside the classroom. This past February, representing Trinidad and Tobago, CLU Model United Nations attended the prestigious 57th session of Harvard National Model United Nations in Boston, Massachusetts.
After extensively researching Trinidad and Tobago and their respective topics, CLU students received the unique opportunity to spend four days in an environment driven by international policy. Among 3,000 participants from over 250 colleges and universities, 40 international, CLU Model UN students debated, discussed, and drafted resolutions to help solve the greatest challenges facing the international community today.
Students explored creative solutions to global challenges in fields ranging from international peace and security to economic and social progress and human rights. Dr. Freeland, the faculty advisor and professor for Model UN, attends the Harvard conference every February with a group of CLU students and explains, "We represent [Trinidad and Tobago] as they would represent themselves. For students, it becomes about forming coalitions while developing confidence as a public speaker."
CLU Model UN attends other local conferences which give CLU students further opportunities to become involved and participate in the Model UN process. CLU Model UN is open to all students and is a truly unique experience.
Jamaica Travel Seminar
Political science courses at Cal Lutheran go beyond the classroom in Thousand Oaks. By enrolling in the Jamaica travel seminar, students attend class during the fall semester where they learn about the culture, politics, and history in Jamaica. For two weeks in January, students visit the country they had been learning about and become a part of Jamaican by interacting with the people, visiting the Bob Marley Museum in New Kingston, and diving into the way of life.
Kristin White '11 says "living in New Kingston and being immersed in the Jamaican culture, swimming through a sea of the Caribbean lifestyle. Visiting Jamaica enabled us to live in the place we were studying. The people are so warm and loving, the country's culture so bright and vivid." Students are able to make visits abroad during the school year by participating in travel seminars.
These opportunities are perfect for CLU students not able to partake in study abroad programs, but who want to see the world while in college. The Jamaica travel seminar is a two-credit course listed in political science program.