Forensics Team

The COD Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their communication, writing, critical thinking and performance skills and is open to all students, regardless of major or performance experience.

Offering four major genres of performance (Public Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Limited Preparation, and Debate), the Forensics team has something for everyone. Many students have stated that the speech program is the most involved and rewarding experience of their college career - and most fun too.


COD Stories

Marisol Nichols

“I received some of the best training of my life on the Forensics Team. It taught me professionalism and how to put in the work." - Marisol Nichols

Marisol's COD Story

COD Stories

Maggie Yancey

“The team consisted of other passionate individuals who were interested in politics and the news and were self-motivated to propose solutions. I thrived in this environment because of the relationships I formed with my teammates and coaches." - Maggie Yancey

Maggie's COD Story

COD Stories

Jim Dobson

“I was taught a work ethic that helped me stay motivated and complete whatever I set out to do. I had so much fun on the Forensics team and my success at the national tournament was a turning point and I wanted to do it forever. So I did.” - Jim Dobson

Jim's COD Story

COD Stories

Tia Collins

“Being at COD allowed me to explore myself through study while giving me time to participate in extracurriculars and work a part-time job to solidify what I learned. As a result, I have advanced my career quicker than many of my peers and reached many milestones along the way.” - Tia Collins

Tia's COD Story

COD Stories

Heidi Bajek

“My advice for students considering COD would be to stop considering and just register. Looking back on it now, there’s no other choice than COD. You have small class sizes, extremely dedicated and intelligent professors, and a financially stable start to your college career." - Heidi Bajek

Heidi's COD Story

Contact Information

Kacy Abeln Stevens, Director of Forensics
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07K
Phone: (630) 942-2175