The Debate & Speech Team

The Forensics Program at Florida State University is the oldest student activity on campus. Its rich history of competitive success and scholastic achievement dates back to 1887. It is a student academic program that is affiliated with the College of Communication & Information. There is an important and consistent link between participation in debate and professional success. Research indicates that forensics participants go on to excel in law, politics and business.

How the Program Benefits Our Students 

The Florida State University forensics team has consistently qualified students to compete against many of America’s finest undergraduate scholars. Participation in the program provides students with opportunities to develop skills in public speaking, leadership, critical thinking, time management and advanced writing and research. The program has consistently received top Florida program rankings at all state, regional and national competitions. Most recently, in 2010-2011 the team brought home its fifth consecutive state championship award. Participants have testified that the skills they have learned have helped them become better lawyers, teachers, clergy, business people and leaders in many fields.

“Being on the FSU forensics team was one of the best experiences I had in college. Through forensics, I developed skills which have proven to be essential for my first semester of law school.” -Lizzie

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