Speech & Debate Team

Speech & Debate Team

The mission of the Speech and Debate team at Methodist University is to prepare leaders for success in careers in all areas through participation in competitive intercollegiate speech and debate events. There are many benefits to joining the Speech and Debate team at Methodist University. Here are a few:

1. Learn presentation skills

Through Methodist University Speech and Debate, participants will learn advanced public speaking skills applicable to any chosen profession. Speech and Debate helps increase your self-confidence while communicating an important message.

2. Network with peers

Make valuable friendships with fellow MU students while networking with other students across the state and country.  MU Speech and Debate students are from all majors, representing a diverse cross section of the student population.

3. Be a leader

Inspire local high school students to continue their study of communication and spark passion in public speaking.  Attend high school tournaments as a judge or mentor.  Teach invaluable debate and speaking skills at a summer camp for young speakers.

4. Earn class credit

OCL 2200/3200/4200 Intercollegiate Debate class has openings every semester.  Schedule one class period per week to meet with Coach Brenda Mitchell to prepare events for scheduled competition.

5. Get published

Competitors selected to represent North Carolina at the Interstate Oratorical Association Tournament in the spring will have their speeches published in Winning Orations.

As you can see, there are many benefits to joining Speech and Debate.  Please contact Brenda Mitchell at brmitchell@methodist.edu if you have any further questions.


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.


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