The CCSF Forensics or "Speech and Debate" Team travels to local and national tournaments to compete against other 2-year and 4-year colleges in various styles of debate, oratory, and performance of literature.

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Join the Team!

Think critically and creatively! Communicate persuasively and passionately! Through study, practice, and competition, members of the team gain experience, skills, and confidence while exploring forensics activities in the community college.  Our students have become lawyers, news anchors, executives, professors, and more. If you are motivated, forensics can help you hone knowledge and skills while providing space to both gain and voice experience. The path to becoming a more thoughtful and effective communicator is paved in "practice, practice, practice." You'll do all the walking, but you'll have coaches to support you on the journey. Step one is the enroll!

To join the CCSF Speech and Debate team, register in CMST 38: Forensics Competition in the Fall and/or Spring semesters. CMST 38 will prepare you to compete in different styles of speech-making, performance, and debate. View more details about CMST 38 or Contact the coaches to express your interest in joining the team by emailing:

Adapting to the Coronavirus Context

The Forensics community has been hard at work to bring tournaments online for the Fall semester. We know students face various barriers in entering the virtual tournament environment, our team is dedicated to supporting all students learn how to successfully navigate academic virtual spaces to confront and overcome barriers to student learning that have been exacerbated by COVID-19. In other words, you have a COVID-19 bonus learning outcome: "communicate effectively in online environments." Students will have the option of participating in "synchronous" tournaments that take place live or "asynchronous" tournaments that require the submission of a video recorded entry.

In a future semester (maybe Spring) the team will return to face-to-face tournaments, visiting other college campuses and sharing physical space with competitors from other schools. In the mean time, we will seek out the silver linings and perks of the online tournament. Tournaments will allow you to socialize and find community at both regional and larger, national tournaments. Forensics will be different this year! But it will still be fun, we will still be a team, and we will all improve our abilities to communicate competently in online environments!