Forensics (Speech and Debate)
Forensics at BHSU is strictly co-curricular and exists as an adjunct to the academic program. The team meets in Plato's Cave (Jonas 208A) and is open to all BHSU undergraduate students. As the team budget is limited, travel is restricted to students demonstrating the appropriate effort, aptitude, and reliability. Student competitors must also be in good academic standing (a cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for travel eligibility).
Intercollegiate Tournament Competition
Parliamentary Debate is a limited preparation speech event. In overview, the teams proceed to their rooms where the speaker of the house (judge) announces the proposition. The government team (affirmative) has 10-15 minutes to prepare the case. We do not require that our debaters have previous experience.
Individual Events include prepared and limited preparation events. These events include, Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Speech to Entertain, Communication Analysis, Prose, Poetry, Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Duo, Dramatic Interpretation, and Program Oral Interpretation.
The BHSU Speech and Debate Team is proud to host Night of Forensics events on campus. Also see the academic calendar to attend our next Debate Challenge.
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If you are interested in the program and/or have any questions, feel free to contact the forensics director:
Dr. Ryan Clark
Black Hills State University
1200 University Avenue
Spearfish, SD 57799-9056.