Forensics & Debate
The Methodist University Forensics and Debate team invites students from all majors to participate. The team is a member of the Collegiate Forensics Association and actively competes in parliamentary debate and individual event forensics at tournaments across the country. By participating in MU debate and forensics, students can develop their public speaking abilities while learning research skills, critical thinking and thoughtful expression. Scholarships are available to students enrolled in the intercollegiate debate course.
Methodist University debate began in 1991 with students who wanted to debate at the collegiate level. After a year, and the fortunate coincidence of hiring a determined and dedicated debate coach in John Humphreys, the school put time and money into building the program. Notable team successes include winning the American Debate Association novice national championship in 1996 and 1998, and a second place finish in the junior varsity division of the American Debate Association national championship in 1999. Methodist University also hosted the American Debate Association's national tournament in 2002. Individual event forensics was added to the speech program when Coach Brandon Miller took over the team in 2009.