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History and Political Studies

The History and Political Studies Department organized a trip to the Tennessee Intercollegiate Student Legislature for students interested in law and government. Representatives from nearly all Tennessee colleges have been meeting in Nashville since the 1970s to experience the state legislative process, as well as an appellate court of hearing.

Southern students were able to take part for the first time last fall because they were given special permission to not participate over Sabbath. The TISL organization was very welcoming to Southern’s delegation, even changing the voting procedure for officers to accommodate our students.

Students serve as representatives or senators, and a team will argue a case before the appellate court. Others will act as lobbyists, advocating for legislation. And those with an interest in journalism can help produce the daily newspaper covering the four-day event.

Eight students, representing a variety of majors, travelled from Southern to participate in the event. All of them considered it a useful and educational experience, and upon their return the group organized a campus aimed at maintaining TISL involvement.

Department Overview

Dollars receivedt: $6,159

Number of donors: 29

Percentage of employee giving: 83%