• Debate

    CCU Speech & Debate

    "Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart. "
       -William Bryan, American politician and representative (1860-1925)

    The CCU Speech & Debate team competes nationally against some of the best colleges and universities in the country. CCU competes in Parliamentary style debate (both American and World formats), which emphasizes argumentation, persuasion and communication qualities. CCU also offers a fully comprehensive program in individual events.

    You could be a great fit for CCU's Debate Team if you:

    • Earned a minimum cumulative high-school GPA of 3.5
    • Are passionate about making a difference through persuasive speech
    • Want to be a part of making history at our University
    • Are curious about the world and different viewpoints on significant world issues
    • Want to work hard, grow spiritually, and engage in the Christian community at CCU
    • Are a highly motivated self-starter
    • Have experience in forensics, speech, or debate at the high- school level
    • Want to debate at CCU, a one-of-a-kind Christian University known for strong academics, authentic community, and a world-class setting right between Denver and the Rocky Mountains.

    What CCU Debate Can Do for You

    Develop your argumentation, persuasion, and communication skills. These skills are essential in business, education, marketing, ministry, politics, and many other careers. 

    Deepen your understanding of world issues. Gain insight into the geo-political climate, current events and issues, and the values, philosophies, and principles undergirding them.

    Interested in Debate?

    • Schedule a campus visit and check out CCU.
    • E-mail Dr. Chris Leland. In the body of your message, indicate your name, school year, previous forensic, speech, and debate experience, and a 500-word maximum statement that explains why you would like to debate in college, what you feel you can contribute to CCU’s Debate Team, and how your debate experience at CCU will enable you to move toward your future ambitions.
    • Complete and return the Debate Recruitment Form (PDF).
    • Apply for Admission to the College of Undergraduate Studies.

    Questions about Debate at CCU?

    E-mail Dr. Chris Leland.

  • Learn in a center of political thought.

    CCU's President, Bill Armstrong, is a former U.S. Senator and Congressman; we are also home to Centennial Institute, a thinktank led by former state senator John Andrews. Here you'll interact with prominent political voices who are at the heart of the national conversation.

    Enjoy a healthy team environment. CCU is all about authentic community, and this is no different for our debate team. As you practice, travel, and compete together you'll also walk alongside each other's personal growth.

    Boost your scholarship funds. A limited amount of scholarship money is available for students promising enough to become part of the CCU Debate Team.

    Complete and return the Debate Recruitment Form (PDF) now!

  • Spotlight


    Dr. Chris Leland

    Assistant Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction, Professor of Communication & Director of Debate
    School of Humanities and Sciences

    Our Christian faith is foundational to everything we study, see, hear, and experience. In the classroom that means that we must go far beyond simply praying before class, but must see how every part of the academy is part of God's marketplace of ideas. It is important to me that we see that the world is designed by God, what we believe is really real, and His truth can be trusted with our very lives and thoughts.
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