Speech and Debate at Whitworth University
Whitworth Forensics is an interdisciplinary program that provides a rigorous intellectual experience for students interested in the exchange of ideas and in sharpening their public speaking skills. Forensics is open to all students regardless of academic major or previous public-speaking experience.
The Whitworth Forensics Team competes in intercollegiate tournaments in the Northwest Forensics Conference and in speech and debate tournaments nationwide. Team members test their skills against some of the finest speakers in the U.S. and consistently earn regional and national recognition.
The forensics program covers the costs of tournament entry fees, supplies, travel, meals and lodging, while students contribute the time, effort, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence necessary to prepare for and compete in tournaments. Students also take a one-credit course, Applied Speech: Forensics.
2017-18 Whitworth Forensics Highlights
- National Debate Tournament Hosts: The Arguing Bucs hosted the 2018 International Public Debate Association National Tournament on our campus.
- National Champions: For the fifth time in six years, Whitworth took first place at the National Christian College Forensics Association's national tournament. Tucker Wilson ’20 and Brendan Thompson ’21 won national championships in after-dinner speaking and informative speaking, respectively.
- Great Speakers and Debaters in the Northwest: Sara Muscente ’19 was the overall top speaker and debater at the Oregon State University tournament, Tucker Wilson ’20 won the Lewis & Clark College debate tournament, and Daniel Giorello ’19 won the Linfield College tournament.
- Debating the Irish: In April, Whitworth hosted the Irish national champions in a public exhibition debate. In this contest with our Irish visitors, Whitworth's forensics team argued for the resolution "The Irish system of government is better than the American system of government."