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Enroll in JCCC’s debate classes and you will join a debate team consistently rated among the top in the country. Learn how to gather information, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of an idea, and form logically sound arguments to support your position. Polish your skills when you compete against your peers from other two- and four-year schools.

Quick facts:

  • Focused – Each year the team debates on a single theme that is broad enough to pursue multiple arguments and angles
  • Student driven – You have freedom to choose the argument and angle you think is important
  • Elite – You will have the opportunity to compete at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament, National Invitational tournaments and numerous regional and local tournaments
  • Résumé builder – Potential employers want people who can see multiple sides to an issue, identify strengths and weakness of an idea, and discuss options logically

Debate is more than research and crafting arguments. You will develop strong ties and camaraderie with your teammates and coaches that will last a lifetime.

To join the team, enroll in SPD 130 Elementary Debate. You’ll learn about debate theory, debate skills and techniques, and methods of becoming a successful intercollegiate competitor. No previous debate experience required.

Want to continue with debate? SPD 132 Intermediate Debate I, SPD 230 Intermediate Debate II and SPD 235 Advanced Debate provide a deeper focus on debate theory, debate skills and techniques, and methods of becoming a successful intercollegiate competitor.