We are the University of Houston’s Speech & Debate Program. Housed in the Honors College, our goals are competitive success, campus engagement, and community building.
If you are a current UH student interested in joining the team, you can find more information on our join page here.
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.
The Policy Debate team participates in NDT-CEDA style intercollegiate competition, where the University of Houston has a long tradition of excellence. The debate team first attended the National Debate Tournament in 1951 and has since been invited to the NDT twenty-three times. Our debaters have garnered three first-speaker awards, one second speaker, a second and a third-place finish, and have been one of the top-two seeds for elimination rounds five times. In 2014, UH claimed the seventh speaker, second-seed in elims, and advanced to the Elite Eight.