Engaged Learning

Student Organizations

  • Model United Nations
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Pre-Law Society

Model United Nations

The Model United Nations is a series of programs run throughout the country and the world with the aim of furthering an understanding of the United Nations, educating participants about world issues, and promoting peace. Students develop many personal skills by participation in Model UN conferences, including teamwork, persuasive writing, oratory skills, and negotiation and compromise, all of which are important for personal development and future success. The NIU MUN organization attends two Midwest Model UN conferences a year. For more information on the club, contact the co-advisors, Damir Kovacevic (dkovacevic@niu.edu) or Katherine Paton (kpaton1@niu.edu).

Pi Sigma Alpha

On graduation day, the Political Science Department honors graduates and their families in a special, more personal ceremony in addition to the one held by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Qualified graduates are also initiated in Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honorary.


The Political Science Student Advisory Committee (POLS-SAC) is a group of student leaders that acts as a liaison between the department’s faculty and undergraduate students. The committee serves as a mechanism for program evaluation and improvement. It solicits and provides student input on proposed policy changes within the department’s undergraduate program, and may initiate proposed changes for consideration by the appropriate faculty committees. POLS-SAC may independently, or in conjunction with other department groups, organize and administer special events and activities related to the study and practice of political science.

Pre-Law Society

A student founded organization, the NIU Pre-Law Society was designed to aid potential law students and those interested in the legal field. We are dedicated to bringing together members of the NIU community who share a common interest in the law, and work closely with the pre-professional advising at the NIU Law School. We organize a variety of events that allow students to prepare for the difficult law school admissions and entry process, as well as familiarizing them with what “life” is like both during and after law school. For more information on the NIU Pre-Law Society, contact Dr. Brendon Swedlow, look up the group on facebook.com, or send an e-mail to niuprelaw@hotmail.com.