The CSUN Speech and Debate team is a full-service intercollegiate forensics program. The term "full-service" designation means that we have competitors in both policy and parliamentary debate, as well as individual event competitions which are a form of competitive public speaking. The term “intercollegiate” means we compete in tournament settings against other two- and four-year institutions of higher education. Participants receive coaching for competitions from an extremely talented and well-trained coaching staff.
In order to compete against other institutions of higher education, CSUN Forensics travels to regional and national competitions. These competitions typically take place Friday though Sunday, and some will require traveling on Thursday and/or Monday. This travel is school sanctioned, but it is important to keep up in classes and notify professors of your travel schedule well in advance in order to guarantee instructors will excuse you for the travel.
Non-Competitive Public Speaking
CSUN Forensics will sponsor and/or participate in public speaking events on campus and in the community. These events will include competitors as well as other members who choose not to compete in intercollegiate competitions.
Service Learning and Outreach
CSUN Forensics team members will volunteer for community service in the area of speech and debate. Members may help local high school speech and debate teams prepare for competitions. Members may also act as volunteer judges for local high school or service group speech competitions.
CSUN Forensics offers an academic setting in which participants can also enjoy social interaction. You will get to know other students here at Northridge, as well as students from other colleges and universities.