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Debate

As a member of Concordia University's debate team, you will have the opportunity to grow in your argumentative and persuasive speaking skills. You'll have the freedom of helping establish a new team culture and traditions while engaging in necessary and valuable discussions within the campus community.

Debate Returns to Concordia in Fall 2021

As a member of Concordia's debate team, you will:

  • Grow in your argumentative and persuasive speaking skills
  • Represent Concordia at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational
  • Have the freedom to establish a new team culture and traditions
  • Engage with the campus community in necessary and valuable discussions
  • Experience an inclusive forensics program that will support any of your event endeavors
  • Know that all of your efforts can positively impact the team, as well as the university

Meraki

Meraki, our team's mantra, is about putting a piece of yourself (love, soul, creativity) into your work. We have goals and expectations within our team, but Concordia Speech aims to evaluate each team member on the unique quality of effort being made.

 

Earn A Scholarship

Each year, Concordia awards scholarships to students who demonstrate the ability and desire to improve the team. These scholarships are granted in addition to other merit-, talent-and need-based aid for which you may be eligible.

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Dedicated Facilities

Concordia has dedicated spaces for researching, rehearsing and performing speeches, as well as discovering and cementing the life-long friendships you’ll build with your teammates.

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Debate Event Descriptions

At each tournament, you'll have the ability to compete in parliamentary debate, a fast-paced event in which a team of two debaters is given a limited amount of time to prepare arguments on a topic that varies each round.

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Meet Your Debate Coaches

“Our University has a legacy of Debate spanning back several decades. I’m excited for the future students who now have the opportunity to contribute to such a valuable pastime with a resurgence of administrative support behind them.”
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Joe Davis

Director of Forensics

“Debate pushes you into a world of wanting to win on the other side of the coin. Having to defend a different point of view has opened my mind to understanding differencing opinions. Leading me to change, understand and solidify my own opinions on political and social issues.”
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Ashley Butler

Forensics Graduate Assistant

“Debate can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s all about practicing the right skills. If you’ve ever written a persuasive essay and defended your ideas, you can learn how to debate. We work to hone the skills you already have and teach you what you don’t already know to make you the best debater you can be!”
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Malia Frerking

Forensics Graduate Assistant

Joe Davis - Speech and Debate

Director of Forensics and Communications Instructor, Joe Davis, hopes his students lives out their team motto of "Meraki", which means to put a piece of your soul into your work.

Majors of Interest

Christian Education Leadership
B.A. B.S.Ed.
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American Sign LanguageHumanities icon Communications icon98%career outcome rate
Applied Communication
B.A.
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Business Communication
B.S.
Business icon Communications icon95%career outcome rate
English
B.A.
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Journalism and Public Relations
B.A.
Humanities icon Communications icon98%career outcome rate
MandarinHumanities icon Communications icon98%career outcome rate
Marketing
B.S.
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Spanish
B.A.
Education icon Humanities icon Communications icon100%career outcome rate
Strategic Communication
B.A.
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TESOL
B.A.
Church Work icon Education icon Communications icon100%career outcome rate
Theatre
B.A.
Arts icon Humanities icon Communications icon100%career outcome rate
World and Intercultural Studies
B.A.
Church Work icon Education icon Humanities icon Communications icon98%career outcome rate

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You’ll find a more meaningful college experience at Concordia, where you’ll be part of a supportive campus community as you study your passions and prepare to make a positive impact in the world. Through generous scholarships and financial aid packages, your tuition at Concordia will be similar to what you will find at a large public university.

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Student Success Is Our Priority

Your success at Concordia is not just defined by your GPA, but how you’re equipped to make an impact in your career and throughout your life. We’re committed to providing you the academic and spiritual tools you’ll need to be successful in all facets of your life.

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