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The Cerritos College Forensics Team

New Student virtual Information Session: Spring 2021

It is the start of a new semester, and that means the forensics team is once again recruiting new students! The forensics team held its spring virtual information session via Zoom on January 28, 2021. If you were not able to attend, no problem! We recorded a video of the information session which is now available for you to view.

In our information session, we:

  • Introduce our coaches and competitors
  • Showcase student demonstrations of forensics events
  • Provide information on joining the team
  • Tell you all the benefits to joining the team!

For questions related to the information session, or if you are interested in joining the team, please contact team director Nick Matthews at nmatthews@cerritos.edu

What is the forensics team?

Forensics is competitive speech and debate. Forensics students compete in various events, such as persuasive speaking, impromptu speaking, interpretation of literature, and debate. Practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Tournaments are typically held on weekends. Beginners are welcome! Tournaments have a division just for people who have very little speaking experience but want to learn and improve.

Is the Forensics teaM still competing during the pandemic?

Yes! During the COVID-19 pandemic, students can participate from the safety of their own home, as the forensics team will operate virtually via videoconferencing. Team practices and coaching appointments are hosted via Zoom. Forensics tournaments will be conducted using a variety of videoconferencing platforms. The team will also provide technology assistance (e.g., webcams, microphones, etc.) to students with technological needs. We are pleased to offer a safe, virtual competition experience this year.

What does the forensics team offer me?

You can earn CSU transferable elective credit, learn to present your ideas dynamically, overcome the fear of public speaking, meet new friends at Cerritos and other colleges, and have the opportunity to attend state and national speech championships. Cerritos speech students can earn scholarships to four-year colleges and valuable experience for their job resumes.

What can I expect from the forensics team?

You can expect individualized coaching assistance, all-expenses paid tournament competition, numerous speaking opportunities, fun, and skills that will really make a difference in your life.

Forensics Communication Studies Courses

Forensics is a co-curricular activity, meaning students receive course credit for participating on the forensics team. The forensics courses are open to all students, regardless of major or degree plan, and include coaching support and speaking opportunities before audiences at intercollegiate speech tournaments. Students can enroll in a one-unit, two-unit, or three-unit section of the course, with the number of units corresponding to the minimum course requirements. 

Forensics Activity 1: Communication Studies 231

Provides training and supervised preparation for participating in collegiate competitive and noncompetitive speech activities, such as debate, public speaking and oral performance of literature. Requires coaching hours outside of the classroom and participation in interscholastic competition at one or more forensics tournaments (held on weekends). [1 unit]

Forensics Activity 2: Communication Studies 232

Provides intermediate training and supervised preparation for participating in collegiate competitive speech activities, such as debate, public speaking and oral performance of literature. Requires coaching hours outside of the classroom and participation in interscholastic competition at two or more forensics tournaments (held on weekends). [2 units]

Forensics Activity 3: Communication Studies 233

Provides advanced training and supervised preparation for participating in collegiate competitivespeech activities such as debate, public speaking and oral performance of literature. Requirescoaching hours outside of the classroom and participation in interscholastic competition at three or more forensics tournaments (held on weekends).[3 units]

How do I get more information about the Forensics Team?

Contact Nick Matthews, Director of Forensics at nmatthews@cerritos.edu

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