The University of Alabama’s legacy with forensics, or competitive speech & debate, began in 1946. As the oldest co-curricular organization on campus, our program aims to respect and build upon the successes of our amazing alumni as we forge a path for our current and future students.
Our competitive team, the Alabama Forensic Council (AFC) travels to regional and national intercollegiate speech tournaments with the goal of winning both individual championships and the team championship at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament.
The Alabama Debate Society (ADS) serves as an incubator for debate programs at junior and senior high schools. Our undergraduate students offer their time both through individual coaching and in providing administrative resources for these programs.
Campus Forensics comprises Alabama Forensics’ service wing. Rather than limit forensics’ impact strictly to competition, Campus Forensics seeks to engage the University of Alabama community, the Tuscaloosa community, and beyond through performance, advocacy, and collaboration with other programs.
Alabama Forensics provides students with skills and resources to engage in intellectual discovery, enable professional development, strengthen and utilize their unique voices, construct compelling messages, engage in interpersonal and rhetorical exploration, and foster community through advocacy and argumentation.