The International Studies program offers many ways to interact with faculty, staff, and fellow students. The program supports an honors society, a competitive Model United Nations program, as well as a number of clubs, lectures, exhibitions, films, international days on campus, and many other co-curricular experiences.
Trinity sponsors a chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the honor society for International Studies majors. The purpose of "Sigma" is to promote and reward scholarship and service among majors and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs.
The requirements for Sigma Iota Rho are 60 semester hours completed; 15 hours in international studies (6 hours must be upper division), a GPA of 3.3 in international studies and a 3.2 in all coursework, with some study of a foreign language.
Benefits of membership include a certificate of membership, Sigma Iota Rho pin, graduation cord, and a copy of the SIR publication, Journal of International Relations. Furthermore, SIR members will have access to internship and career databases, alumni relations and membership in one the world's most preeminent international relations honor societies.
Model United Nations program at Trinity University provides a diverse group of students, faculty and staff a forum for addressing global concerns in a real world context by addressing important issues such as peace and security, humanitarian affairs, international law, economic and social development and the environment and helps students to better understand of the inner working of the United Nations.
Trinity offers students one credit in a formal pass/fail class that meets weekly prior to MUN competitions. At the meetings students build skills in diplomacy and compromise, hold practice simulations, discuss current world events, plan for conferences, and organize fundraising efforts.
The class is offered in fall and spring semesters and is designed to introduce students to the structure and practices of the United Nations through local development of practical, competitive models which reflect the functions and missions of that institution. As such, the course is largely student-driven with many key organizational and policy decisions made collectively by the class. The lessons allow students to become immersed in international affairs, globalization and multilateral diplomacy while building essential public speaking and debating skills. Students in class research a country, investigate international issues pertained to that country in contrast with its allies and opposition and develop solutions to world problems and take on roles as diplomats. Select students in class participate in regional, national and international conferences.
Nanette Le Coat, Director, International Studies
nlecoat [at] trinity.edu
Amnesty International—Student chapter of the international organization involved with monitoring and promoting human rights around the world.
International Club—Provides students with opportunities to explain, promote, and celebrate their interests in international issues, cultures, religions, and heritages.
Latino Exchange—Increased awareness of Latin American and Latino issues through cultural, educational, and leadership programs.
Muslim Student Association—This organization attempts to increase awareness of Islam through meetings, events, and programs on a variety of topics.
Trinity Diversity Connection—An umbrella organization for exploring a wide range of issues that celebrate, embrace, and advocate for a socially just campus and world.