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Speech & Forensics:

Speech & Debate

The speech and forensics curriculum emphasizes the ability to speak and perform in front of audiences. Courses teach students the skills required for presenting a speech--analyzing an audience, listening, coping with fear, using visual aids--as well as the skills they will need to prepare a speech--researching a topic, analyzing arguments and texts, and organizing and outlining material. Courses offered through the curriculum meet transfer requirement for general education; and they may be applied toward an Associate in Arts degree with a major in speech/forensics.

The Irvine Valley College Speech and Debate Team is one of the most respected and accomplished teams in the nation, competing against colleges and universities throughout the United States. Over the past 15 years, the team has placed in the top three at 12 state championships, while winning 12 league championships. In this decade, the team was crowned the national champions in the community college division of the National Parliamentary Debate Association for eight years. The‚Äč team also has an international reputation and has hosted debate teams from Europe and Asia 15 times. The team has traveled several times to China for debate demonstrations, competition, and study abroad programs.

The coaching staff takes pride in developing students to become better speakers and better thinkers. All majors are welcomed and encouraged to join. Interested students may contact Director of Forensics Julianna French at or forensics coach Bill Neesen at

Contact Directory

Joseph Poshek
Dean, School of the Arts
T: 949-451-5650

Sr. Admin. Assistant, School of the Arts
T: 949-451-5453
F: 949-451-5775

Gary Rybold, PhD
Academic Chair, Communication Studies