Explore your interests. Broaden your mind. Here are some of the many opportunities available to you at NC State.
Find Your Fit
Whether you’re interested in political science, international studies, legal studies or some other subject area, NC State has a club for you. Our faculty mentor many of these clubs and activities, including the Mock Trial, Model United Nations and Political Science clubs. Join in to meet and network with your classmates while you broaden your horizons.
Unless otherwise noted, please contact the faculty advisor listed for details.
BridgeUSA at NC State
BridgeUSA is a youth-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates spaces on high school and college campuses for open discussion between students about political issues. Political division is one of our biggest challenges in the United States.
The organization began in 2016 at the universities of Notre Dame, CU-Boulder, and UC Berkeley in response to growing polarization on campus. By engaging America’s youth in constructive discussions, the group is equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills necessary for navigating conflict, finding solutions across differences and building bridges in their communities.
Faculty advisor: Steven Greene
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 NC State
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: Hannah Jaegers
Society for Politics, Economics and Law (SPEL)
Our group holds many different events, including talks by NC State and professors from other institutions, panel discussions, debates, and information sessions about careers and post-graduate study. We also have social occasions. SPEL members receive invitations to student seminars administered by the Free and Open Societies Project and are informed regularly of internship and funding opportunities in political science, economics, and public policy. The group is primarily about ideas and students’ contributions to the great debates that affect our world. As such, it works to elevate and diversify the campus’s intellectual climate.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Andrew Taylor
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.