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COM 105 Speech and Debate I

This course teaches students how to speak easily in front of others, and to learn how to both construct and perform the speech. In preparation of the speeches, students have the opportunity to consider and defend topics and issues from a biblical framework. Students give prepared speeches on a variety of topics and learn proper research, structure, style, and technique. Students also learn the principles of debate and engage in such forums. Competition in tournaments is a required part of this course

$50 fee required per semester

Grade Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: None

COM 105B Speech and Debate B

This course builds upon the student’s basic speaking skills that were developed in Speech and Debate I, and is intended to help students prepare for competing on the Valor Speech and Debate Team. Students will master their research, writing, and presentation skills within the various competitive speech events. In preparation of the speeches, students have the opportunity to consider and defend topics and issues from a biblical framework. Competition in tournaments is encouraged but not required.

$300 fee required to cover tournament fees.

Grade Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None; it is recommended that students take Speech and Debate I in the first semester.

COM 210 Speech and Debate II

This course builds upon the student’s basic speaking and research skills that were developed in Speech and Debate I, including opportunities to consider and discuss topics from a biblical framework. The students will master their research, writing and presentation skills within the various competitive speech events. Frequent competition in tournaments is required, during which times students also engage in times of mentorship and character formation.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Speech and Debate I

COM 310 Speech and Debate III

This course builds upon the student’s basic speaking skills that were developed in Speech and Debate I and Speech and Debate II. The students will master their research, writing and presentation skills within the various competitive speech events, and they will begin to develop projects to demonstrate these skills within the community. Students will also spend time discussing and connecting with topics and ideas from a biblical worldview. Frequent competition in tournaments is required, during which times students also engage in times of mentorship and character formation.

$300 fee required to cover tournament fees.

Grade Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Speech and Debate III

COM 410 Speech and Debate IV

This course builds upon the student’s speaking skills that were developed in Speech and Debate III. The students will master their research, writing, and presentation skills within the various competitive speech events. Throughout the course, students will engage on various levels with topics and ideas from a biblical framework. They will begin to develop projects to demonstrate these skills within the community. Frequent competition in tournaments is required, at which times students will also engage in opportunities for mentorship and character formation.

$300 fee required to cover tournament fees.

Grade Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Speech and Debate III, Additional fee for concurrent college credit