Explore your interests. Broaden your mind. Meet like-minded friends and those whose views challenge your own. Here are some of the many opportunities available to you. Unless otherwise noted, please contact the faculty adviser listed for details.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Student Council
This council promotes the interests and general welfare of students, furthers communication and cooperation among our college’s departments, and provides Humanities and Social Sciences students with a representative council. The council represents student organizations, helps fund the college's organizational needs, handles funds received by the council, promotes leadership and participation, and helps organize the annual college career fair.
The Student Council also awards the Abraham Holtzman Scholarship Award each year. The award is based on service to the community or the college, including community service, organizational leadership, volunteer activities and/or a commitment to raising the visibility and prestige of the college. Applications and additional details are generally available in mid-March for the following academic year.
Faculty Adviser: Dara Leeder.
Mock Trial at NCSU
Mock Trial at NC State educates students about the basics of trial advocacy. Through regular meetings and weekend mock trial events, our club helps members learn courtroom procedures, improve their public speaking skills and make connections within the legal field.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michael Struett
Model United Nations
Model United Nations promotes awareness of international cooperation in several ways, including U.N. simulations. We send delegations representing different countries to attend various conferences, where they compete with other schools to gain a deeper knowledge of the United Nations. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michael Struett.
Political Science Club
The Political Science Club fosters exploration into politics, policy and government. We meet at least once a month, and our activities include student political debates, educational trips, hosting and attending lectures and social events. Members are not required to major in political science.
Contact: Political Science Advising.
Pre-Law Students Association (PLSA)
We meet at least once a month and host a variety of speakers throughout year, including attorneys, deans of admission from various law schools and faculty and administrators from the university community. Our members engage in community service projects and participate in forums that help them prepare for law school.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Ray Easterlin.
Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies Honors Society)
The Eta chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, established in 1991, promotes the scholarship and service of students studying global affairs. Our undergraduate members have completed at least 60 hours of university coursework (including at least 15 hours of international studies courses from three different disciplines). Members must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses counting toward International Studies (including at least 6 hours of upper-level international studies courses).
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Seth Murray.
Society for Politics, Economics and Law (SPEL)
We aim to reach students who are interested in politics, economics, and the law and give them opportunities to interact with each other and professionals. Our weekly meetings often include guest speakers who address various topics and take questions from members. We are open to students of all majors.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Roy Cordato.
Student Senate is a group of 64 students, who proportionally represent each of the university's schools and colleges. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences holds eight seats in the Student Senate: three seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores. We strive to promote the general welfare of the student body, and our responsibilities include: enacting legislation, approving an Annual Student Body Budget for the Student Body funds, and confirming or rejecting appointments of the Student Body President. Additionally, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics, we determine student ticket distribution policies for football and men's basketball games. Most importantly, however, we represent the student voice to the university’s administration. Rather than passing laws, we act as a lobbying body, addressing the concerns of the student body, and bringing these concerns to the attention of the university.
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No Objections in Mock Trial
As students enter NC State they have many choices to make such as their major and their future career goals. Nevertheless, some students decide to go above and beyond by also participating in student organizations. The Mock Trial team is a student organization in the Department of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs. A major in political science is not required, instead an interest in law school, public speaking or networking opportunities can be reasons to join the team.