Debate and Speech
SMU's award-winning debate program provides the strongest preparation for developing a student's voice. With competitions based on intense research concerning important national and international policy questions such as immigration, energy and human rights, students participate in tournament debate to test themselves against the best advocates at colleges and universities around the nation. Service learning connected to the debate program brings students in contact with Dallas Independent School District (DISD) students associated with the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance (DUDA). DUDA, in collaboration with SMU debate, prepares at-risk students in DISD for debate at a variety of special events hosted on the SMU campus. Various public debates provide opportunities for students to lead their peers in important civil discussions. Students can gain academic credit for participating in debate.
For more information about debate, contact:
Dr. Ben Voth
Director of Debate