Upcoming programs

  • Winter Session 2020 online-course rosters will be available in late-September.
  • Summer College 2020 course rosters will be available in December.

Learn how to make convincing arguments

This intense program will prepare you to work with a great range of opinion and evidence and to consider questions from varied viewpoints, including those of different cultures. It will help you sharpen your critical thinking skills, compete on a debate team, and conquer any fears you may have of public speaking.

As you explore and apply the principles of argumentation and debate, you'll learn how to distinguish between persuasive and unpersuasive arguments. And you'll seek to understand and evaluate arguments, whether or not you agree with them.

You'll be expected to participate actively in class discussions as well as in an in-house tournament aimed at helping you practice your skills. Past debate topics have included issues ranging from genetically modified crops to prisons and punishment.

Be prepared to have any and all assumptions challenged!