William Jewell Debate is one of the longest running and most successful programs on campus. Our program enjoys the continued support of the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff because of the consistency at which the debate program is able to deliver Jewell’s promise of a rigorous, small-group liberal arts education. Jewell consistently acknowledges the benefit of competitive debating to a liberal arts education—we seek to produce students who exemplify thoughtful, disciplined public speaking, research, critical thinking and public advocacy skills.
Using the laboratory of nationally and regionally competitive debate competitions, you will be prepared to communicate with audiences ranging from highly-specific, limited-preparation competition environments to argumentation and advocacy intended for public audiences.
While the most successful members of the team come to Jewell with significant high school debate experience, all William Jewell students are welcome to join the debate team. Scholarships are available for students with substantial high school experience.