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Presenting the West Point sabre to President Maravene Loeschke
Forensics students present the West Point sword, a traveling trophy that has been in existence since 1967, to former Towson University President Maravene Loeschke.

Do you like public speaking, performance, and debate? 

Towson University is one of only a handful of programs that offer both competitive speech and policy debate. TU's forensics program has been consistently ranked as one of the top 25 policy debate teams.

Are you interested in making a difference in the world and talking about issues important to you while also gaining great skills?

Towson University Forensics provides competitive and skill-building opportunities for students and compete with students locally, regionally, and nationally. The co-curricular program is open to all students in good academic standing who wish to improve their communication and argumentation skills in policy debate, public speaking and argumentative performance. Our program’s goal is to teach students to be the change they hope to see in the world, in their respective communities and in the academy.

What do forensics students do?

Towson University Forensics students register for the speech and debate course (COMM 249/250 and COMM 349/350) and participate in the following activities:

  • Policy debate
  • Parliamentary debate
  • Public speaking (persuasive and informative speeches)
  • Performance of literature (prose, poetry, drama)

Top 10 Reasons to Join Towson University Forensics:

  1. We offer half- to full-tuition scholarships for incoming first-year students that is renewable for four years
  2. We give you three course credits each academic year for being on the team.
  3. You get inducted into the Pi Kappa Delta forensics honors society.
  4. We offer mentoring and coaching opportunities for you to work with with middle- and high-school Baltimore students.
  5. You learn how to give formal, public presentations so you can consistently ace your class presentations.
  6. We offer opportunities to take your speech and debate research and translate it into conference papers and presentations.
  7. You get to travel, relatively free of cost, to cities along the East Coast and around the nation.
  8. We offer a yearly "debater of the year," a $2,000 award for the best debater each year.
  9. You gain public speaking, performance and debate skills that will help you in all aspects of your life.
  10. Taking speech and debate makes you employable!


Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies
Media Center, Room 205 (map)
Phone: 410-704-2888
Fax: 410-704-3656

Mailing address: 8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252

Forensics Turns 50

Korey Johnson '16, above, and Ameena Ruffin '15, made history as the first black female pair to win the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national championship in 2014. Read more.

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