Forensics Team

The Coyote Debate team focuses on real-world argumentation using the format of American Parliamentary Debate with topic areas coming from current events, national and international issues of a political, social or ideological nature.

We are a successful, competitive debate team that travels both locally and nationally.

This style of debate is based on two-member teams competing against other Colleges and Universities.

Topics are given to competitors with 20 minutes of preparation and then they go straight to debate.

With this "real world" style of argumentation and debate, students are educated on how to translate their debate abilities to skills that they can maximize in life after college.

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The class offered for this activity is Communication Studies 382.


Yes! Comm382 is offered year round and is the class offered for this activity


or get a hard copy in the Communication Studies Department Office in UH-018.

Yes! Talk with our Forensics Director about a team contract.

By joining the Forensics Team you are giving yourself the opportunity to grow as a person with a team. It will also provide opportunities to: Get out of your comfort zone, Travel with the team to meet new people. Boost your resume. Gain hands on experience in constructing arguments and developing critical thinking skills. Challenge your worldview by learning diverse ideas and new cultural perspectives. Represent CSUSB and show your Coyote Pride!


CSUSB Forensics Team Medals at the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament

CSUSB Forensics Team
The team has returned from the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament in El Cajon, CA with a win! Our American Parli debaters (Melissa Cardonato & Lorena Lemos) took the BRONZE in Novice debate!! This was their very first competition and they walked away with third place after five...

PROFILE: Professor Amy Wassing - Longtime advisor to the award-winning Forensics team on campus

Professor Amy Wassing
Each quarter, in addition to her duties as lecturer, Professor Wassing and the forensics team travel to compete in debate competitions across the West. To celebrate public speaking throughout CSUSB, each Spring, she organizes and hosts the C.A.S.T speech tournament, a university-wide...

CAST 2018 Celebrates Public Speaking

CAST 2018 Celebrates Public Speaking
On May 24, students from Comm 120 Oral Communication competed in persuasive and informative speeches, at the Santos Manuel Student Union, during the CAST public speaking competition held by the Forensics club and sponsored by Rand McNally and the Dept. of Communication Studies. The winners...

Students Selected for Annual CAST Speech Tournament

Happy students received invitations to compete in the CAST (Coyote Annual Speech Tournament) coming up May 24, delivered by members of the Forensics Team. The annual event is held at the Santos Manuel Student Union and is an opportunity for invited students from COMM 120 to compete and...

Students Awarded at WSCA Debate Competition

In February, the Forensics team went to Santa Clara University to compete at the WSCA tournament. The campus was beautiful, the competition was fierce, and our wins were well deserved! Students Oscar Lobos took third place in Dramatic Interpretation, Oscar Lobos and Tejwant Brar took third...

CSUSB Students Win Multiple Medals in Debate Competition

From December 1-3, the Forensics team traveled to Longview, WA to compete in the Smelt Classic Tournament. CSUSB entered 14 members into the tournament in IEs and NPDA debate and came home with 3 medals. Says Professor Amy Wassing, Faculty Advisor to the team, "I am very proud of...