The University of Houston Speech & Debate Program
The University of Houston Speech & Debate Program is the home of competitive speech and debate on campus. A co-curricular program of the Honors College, it harnesses the competitive energy of UH undergraduates to engage them in research, argumentation and leadership on the grand challenges facing contemporary society. As a high-impact key engagement activity, its strategic goals are to cultivate competitive success, encourage campus engagement and foster community building across Houston and beyond.
In addition to intercollegiate competition, the program also encourages campus engagement through hosting public debates and other speech and argumentation themed activities. Attached to the leadership studies minor, the coaches of the team also offer courses on public policy, leadership and other topical issues. Currently, UH participates in four different styles of speech & debate.
The director of speech and debate is Richard A. Garner, a faculty member of the Honors College.
SPEECH & DEBATE BY THE NUMBERS
- 1927Debate team founded in same year as University
- 3National tournament top-speakers
- 23National tournament invites
- 4First place trophies in 2018