CMST 105 Debate I • 5 Cr.


Exposes students to argumentation structure in basic parliamentary debate and speech. Students spend a significant amount of time conducting research, preparing and debating. Students may choose to travel and compete at the collegiate level in speech & debate tournaments as well. Recommended: ENGL& 101.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain essential rules and responsibilities of parliamentary debate.

  • Describe essential qualities of a variety of individual speech events (including, but not limited to, interpretation, extemporaneous, impromptu, expository speaking).

  • Practice and use essential research skills and processes for finding, evaluating, and incorporating evidence.

  • Explain ethical considerations and responsibilities as a speaker in a variety of settings (debate, individual events).

  • Communicate effectively in a team setting.

  • Think critically by preparing, delivering, self-analyzing and critiquing others' debates and individual activities.

  • Identify, analyze, and provide effective argument structure for parliamentary debate topics.

  • Apply a developing understanding of current events to various debate topics.