This program will be offered online!

This program has been converted to an online course: ILRLR 2300 Argumentation and Debate.

Featuring the same faculty and rigorous Cornell education as the on-campus version, this three-credit course will run July 13–31, 2020.

To enroll, review the course description, read about online courses and follow the registration steps.

Please contact us if you have questions.

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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!