Speech and Debate
The Pepperdine Debate team is a regionally and nationally competitive intercollegiate forensics program. We compete in policy and parliamentary debate 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, the Pepperdine Debate team travels to regional and national competitions. These competitions typically take place Friday through Sunday, and some require traveling on Thursday and/or Monday. This travel is school sanctioned, but it is important to keep up in classes in order to guarantee instructors will excuse you for the travel. The team also sponsors two on campus tournaments per year.
Debate team members are encouraged to volunteer for community service in the area of debate. Members often act as volunteer judges for the Los Angeles Metro Debate League, and other local high school or service group speech competitions.
The Pepperdine Speech and Debate team will offer an academic setting in which participants can also enjoy social interaction. You will get to know other students here at Pepperdine, as well as students from other colleges and universities. We have scholarships available for students who have a record of success in forensics. Student with no prior forensics experience may apply to join the team and may earn a scholarship after establishing themselves as a positive contributing member to the team.