The Department of Political Science provides rigorous and well-rounded undergraduate training in Pre-law, American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.
The Model Illinois Government (or "MIG") simulation is held in Springfield at the Capitol Complex every February. More than 20 colleges and universities, including Benedictine, participate in the annual simulation. Last year was the 33rd simulation, which attracts almost 300 students each year! The 2011 Benedictine delegation consisted of nine student participants, eight of whom worked as legislators, and one who served as a judge for the Moot Court competition. The faculty advisor for Model Illinois Government is Dr. Phillip Hardy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, who has served in this capacity for two years.
MIG is "one of the preeminent intercollegiate government simulations in the United States," and it is designed to introduce undergraduates to the challenges and rewards of working as a legislator, lobbyist, journalist, attorney, justice, or budget analyst in Illinois' diverse political system. To prepare for the four-day simulation, students (many of whom are enrolled in PLSC 201:State & Local government for the spring term) are assigned to political parties and districts, and given committee assignments in order to debate, revise, and submit multiple pieces of legislation. During the simulation weekend, students can also run for leadership positions within the MIG organization.
The legislative process is simulated in actual committee rooms, and much of the simulation takes place in the Capitol chambers. A daily "newspaper" is prepared by student-journalists and, simultaneous to the legislative simulation, students can take part in the Moot Court competition as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges. The Moot Court competition is held in the chambers that were once the home of the Illinois Supreme Court. Teams of attorneys argue before a panel of student justices and legal professionals and are scored on the basis of presentation and knowledge of the case facts.
The 2011 Benedictine University Delegation:
- Karolina Klarowicz (head delegate)
- Frank Aguilera
- Antanyse Allen
- Earreal Bell
- Tyler Marcum
- Mark Martinez
- Ryan Ponomar
- Mike Segura
For additional information about Model Illinois Government please visit: http://www.modelillinoisgovernment.org/.