Our Mission Statement

The Three Crowns

The Gustavus Forensics program is a comprehensive, co-curricular forensics program that competes in eleven American Forensics Association individual events, as well as in National Parliamentary Debate Association Parliamentary Debate. Our program is grounded in the Three Crowns of our program: Education, Leadership, and Competition.

We believe in the liberal arts tradition of forensics, and we also whole-heartedly believe that forensics training is a unique multi classroom approach to teaching and learning advocacy, research, writing, critical thinking, higher-level analytical, rhetorical analysis, and performance skills. This reflects a pedagogical paradigm not replicated in the traditional classroom.

Forensics is also interdisciplinary. Students learn to see problems and solutions from a variety of perspectives. Firmly grounded within the liberal arts tradition, forensics is what one graduate termed "a college education in a nutshell."

The program reflects the mission of the college in its solid grounding in the liberal arts and its commitment to civic engagement, social justice, and leadership. Students leave the program clearly understanding they are part of a global society, are privileged, and have a responsibility to engage in citizenship. As a result of forensics participation, students graduate with the confidence and competence necessary to be agents of change. Essentially, our goal is to influence every audience member to act, to think differently, and to learn something from every speech we produce.

In the next decade, the program seeks to fortify its strong foundation in liberal arts and solidify more educational opportunities for more students, more championships, and more national recognition. We are committed to making Gustavus Forensics the paradigm for forensics excellence.