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Forensics Team


The Coyote Debate team focuses on real-world argumentation using the format of American Parliamentary Debate with topic areas coming from current events, national and international issues of a political, social or ideological nature.

We are a successful, competitive debate team that travels both locally and nationally.

This style of debate is based on two-member teams competing against other Colleges and Universities.

Topics are given to competitors with 20 minutes of preparation and then they go straight to debate.

With this "real world" style of argumentation and debate, students are educated on how to translate their debate abilities to skills that they can maximize in life after college.

The class offered for this activity is Communication Studies 382. 




Is there a brochure for the Forensics Team?


or get a hard copy in the Communication Studies Department Office in UH-018.


Why should I join the team?

By joining the Forensics Team you are giving yourself the opportunity to grow as a person with a team. It will also provide opportunities to: Get out of your comfort zone, Travel with the team to meet new people. Boost your resume. Gain hands on experience in constructing arguments and developing critical thinking skills. Challenge your worldview by learning diverse ideas and new cultural perspectives. Represent CSUSB and show your Coyote Pride!

I want to be on the team, but I don't have room in my schedule. Is there an option for me?

Yes! Talk with our Forensics Director about a team contract.

Is there a class associated with the Forensics Debate Team?

Yes! Comm382 is offered year round and is the class offered for this activity


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CSUSB Forensics Team Medals at the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament

The team has returned from the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament in El Cajon, CA with a win!

Students Selected for Annual CAST Speech Tournament

Happy students received invitations to compete in the CAST (Coyote Annual Speech Tournament) coming up May 24, delivered by members of the Forensics Team.

Students Awarded at WSCA Debate Competition

In February, the Forensics team went to Santa Clara University to compete at the WSCA tournament.

CSUSB Students Win Multiple Medals in Debate Competition

From December 1-3, the Forensics team traveled to Longview, WA to compete in the Smelt Classic Tournament.

Prof. Amy Wassing
PROFILE: Professor Amy Wassing - Longtime advisor to the award-winning Forensics team on campus

Each quarter, in addition to her duties as lecturer, Professor Wassing and the forensics team travel to compete in debate competitions across the West.

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CAST 2018 Celebrates Public Speaking

On May 24, students from Comm 120 Oral Communication competed in persuasive and informative speeches, at the Santos Manuel Student Union, during the CAST public speaking competition held by the Forensics club and sponsored by Rand McNally and the Dept. of