Join the Team
The University of Texas at Dallas Debate Team offers opportunities in two-person college policy debate. While most of our teams compete nationally, the UT Dallas Debate Team is open to any undergraduate student at UT Dallas who is officially enrolled and in good academic standing.
Competitive debate is tool with a 2,500 year tradition at the heart of the Western intellectual tradition. Strong empirical and testimonial evidence suggest that debate teaches valuable skills. Many evaluations have concluded that there is a strong relationship between participation in debate and the goals of higher education.
The UT Dallas Debate Team participates primarily in the college version of Cross-Examination (CX), or two person policy debate. CX debate develops important skills, such as critical thinking, listening, argument construction, research, note-taking and advocacy skills. The form and style of this type of debate is of a highly specialized nature and has evolved from the work of professional educators. CX debate typically rewards extensive use of evidence, and is more focused on content than on delivery.
Overall, the intense nature of intercollegiate debate combined with the quality of students attracted and the inherent educational process of competitive debate, offers students unparalleled opportunities to enhance their academic experience, their professional skills and their interpersonal relationships.
Allocation of travel opportunities is based on demonstrated effort and commitment, prior debate experience, academic standing and other relevant factors. The bulk of the travel opportunities go to those competing on the national circuit at the varsity level and those varsity debaters who will soon move from the regional circuit to the national circuit.
Outside of travel to intercollegiate tournaments, debate team members engage in a number of related activities. Members of the team frequently choose to judge at local high school debate tournaments. The program also hosts special events, such as the 65th annual National Debate Tournament (NDT), and the University’s annual intercollegiate debate tournament held every January.
Interested in collegiate debate at UT Dallas? Review the information available on this website, then complete the Join the Team online form to be contacted by a member of the coaching staff.