In 2012, the University of La Verne’s Debate Team celebrated 100 years of existence. Kicking off its 101st year, the University of La Verne will host the most prestigious British Parliamentary, National Debate Tournament in America. On the weekend of April 12-14, over 53 Universities and Colleges will visit our beautiful campus. There will be a total of 164 Teams competing to be crowned the US Universities National Debate Champion. Past champions include: Hobart William & Smith, Harvard, Claremont, Yale, University of Alaska, Loyola Marymount, and the University of La Verne.
This year’s competition consists of past championship schools listed above, as well as first time competitors featuring Clemson, Duke, University of Miami, as well as continuing competitors such as St. Johns, Stanford, Columbia, Portland State, University of Vermont, University of Seattle, Cornell, USC, UCLA, and many others. Our judging pool is of the highest quality with international judges coming from Oxford University, Cambridge University, and UC Dublin. In addition, the University of La Verne is proud to welcome nationally and internationally ranked alumni who made our name and defined our reputation within the WUDC/BP circuit. We welcome World Finalists JJ Rodriguez and Sean Krispinsky. This tournament is going to be an experience like no other.
All alumni and current students, faculty, and staff are welcome to experience what will be held as one of the best USU Debate Championships ever. Visit us at our website: www.ulvnats.com
Welcome to the University of La Verne
Speech Communication Department
Speech communication faculty members help students explore how and why people communicate, and the effects of communication on individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. In support of this mission, the department provides a curriculum that:
- Examines communication theory and research
- Encourages practice and improvement of communication skills in a variety of contexts
- Explores communication from a multicultural perspective
- Provides flexibility and choice to best suit your academic and professional aspirations
Our faculty are highly qualified and committed to students, and our majors are dynamic students who engage in lively class discussions and critical thinking.
The department also sponsors the La Verne Debate Team, which competes nationally and internationally. All students are welcome to join.