Weber State Debate

What is Weber State Debate?

Weber State Debate, established in 1922, is the oldest and most competitive team at Weber State University. We are a co-curricular program housed in the Department of Communication but open to all students regardless of major. We specialize in academic policy debate, and our student-competitors regularly rank in the top 25 programs in the nation, often against the finest public and private universities.

What You Will Learn

With nearly 50 students traveling to compete per year, we are also the largest policy debate squad in the western United States. Our students learn advanced research, argumentative and rhetorical skills and are well-prepared to attend graduate or professional school after a minimum of a two-year commitment to the team. Our student-competitors come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels, and we regularly travel 20 or more students to a dozen regional and national tournament. Student-competitors are required to be full-time students in good academic standing, to abide by our honor code requirements, to attend weekly meetings and practice sessions, complete research projects in a timely manner, travel to tournaments, and engage in community service hosting tournaments and professional conferences.

We regularly host tournaments for the home school, high school, and college debate communities, typically drawing more than 1,000 guests to campus per year. In 2012-2013 student-competitors will help host the 67th annual National Debate Tournament to be held at Weber State on March 28 to April 1, 2013 on the 90th birthday of the Weber Debate Team and 25 years after we last hosted this national event.


Scholarships are available. Pending good performance, they are renewable for up to four years. 

Weber State Debate News

Weber State Debate will be traveling this December to participate in the 7th Edition Dreamers Academy hosted by Idebate Rwanda. 3 students will be travelling with our director, Ryan Wash, to teach at the annual holiday debate camp that brings together students from the East African Region to learn the art of Debate and Public Speaking.

WSU Debate is now sponsored by study abroad! Starting next spring, debaters traveling to tournaments will be receiving recognition for their efforts away from campus and be eligible for study abroad scholarships.

On October 16th, Debaters presented a public demonstration debate on Immigration and Human Rights. The well attended debate gave the opportunity for members of the community to learn more about debate and to be part of a conversation about the issues affecting our world.

In September, we hosted the first of a series of high school debate workshops. This gives high school students an opportunity to learn more about debate and our program at WSU, while providing our team members mentorship opportunities.

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