Forensics (Speech & Debate)
The Concordia Speech and Debate program offers students the opportunity to participate in all eleven American Forensics Association events, parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas debate. The team travels regionally and nationally with frequent attendance at the Pi Kappa Delta, National Christian College Forensics Association, National Parliamentary Debate Association, National Forensics Association, and American Forensics Association National Tournaments. In select years, the team has also competed at the International Forensics Association tournament and at the World Debating Championship tournament.
Concordia has sent students to national or international tournaments for much of the past 20 years, with students breaking into elimination rounds at the National Christian College Forensics Association, American Forensics Association and the National Parliamentary Debate Association tournaments during that time. In 1998, the winners of the NPDA national championship were Concordia University students. Concordia has finished in the top five of competition at the National Christian College Forensics Association Tournament for five of the past eight years.
In addition to regular competition, the team sponsors multiple tournaments and workshops for both college and high school competition each year. In the spring, Concordia co-hosts the Sleet and Snow Swing intercollegiate tournament in Seward with Bethel University (MN). For high schools, Concordia hosts the Concordia Home School Debate tournament in the fall and the CUNE High School Speech Classic in the spring. Concordia has also hosted high school workshops for speech and drama in the fall.