Political Clubs

Bates College political clubs are engaged with politics and the law from the local to the national stage. These clubs afford their members the opportunity to engage in political discourse and debate the most pressing issues confronting our country and the world.

You may view the list of political club contacts, advisors, and storage spaces here.

Democrats FB-f-Logo__blue_29

Democrats are concerned students and citizens who tend to vote for Democrats, and are politically active and aware. We sponsor speakers, work on election campaigns, host forums and debates on campus, and engage in discussions on hot political topics. In joining us, you can have an impact on the world beyond Bates. Visit our Facebook Page!

Storage: Chase Hall 203 Cabinet B


Law and Politics Club

The Bates Law and Politics Club promotes academic and nonpartisan understanding of law, politics, both domestic and international, political theory, international relations, and current events by providing a forum for students to teach each other what they know, explore each others’ interests, and promote further understanding of these issues in the Bates community. As a club, we read and discuss articles from political journals, law reviews, and newspapers, host occasional public events such as panel discussions and presentations that non-members can attend. We also run the Tribunal, an online publication consisting of student-written political pieces.


Model United Nations

Are you interested in debate? Do you have a passion for international issues? Have you ever thought about pursuing a career in international relations and diplomacy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider joining Bates’ Model UN. What is Model UN? Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. If you were part of a Model UN club in high school, great! If not, no problem. No prior Model UN experience is necessary and all are welcome! In recent years, our club has had great success participating in conferences at Harvard, Brown, and McGill University, and we would like to keep that success going with some fresh new faces!


Republicans FB-f-Logo__blue_29

Bates College Republicans, a chapter of the Maine College Republicans and the College Republican National Committee (CRNC), is a political organization that promotes conservative values on the Bates campus and helps elect Republican candidates at the local, state and national levels of government. Club members host prominent speakers, engage in grassroots activism on behalf of Republican candidates, sponsor school-wide debates, and generally heighten political awareness at Bates. The club has a strong belief in the benefits of a strong two-party government and recognizes that every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.

Storage: Chase Hall 203 Cabinet A