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Jackrabbit Forensics

Jackrabbit Forensics

Opportunities are provided for participation in SDSU's nationally recognized intercollegiate Forensics, or speech and debate, program. Local, regional, and national participation is sponsored. Activities include debate, public speaking, and oral interpretation in contests, workshops, and public performances. Any regularly enrolled undergraduate student is eligible to participate. University credit may be earned regardless of major.

The Program

Jackrabbit Forensics is a comprehensive, co-curricular forensics program that competes in the 11 American Forensics Association events and parliamentary debate. Our team is one of the oldest student organizations on campus. We have a rich tradition of excellence in collegiate oral interpretation, speech, and debate. Our program is rooted in education for speakers of all levels.

Any student enrolled at South Dakota State University is eligible to participate. Every year there is an audition process for interested students. Students will receive academic credit for their participation in the co-curricular activity.

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Director of Forensics, Andrea Carlile, with Jackrabbit Forensics teammates.

Program Philosophy

The South Dakota State University Forensics team is rooted in the liberal arts tradition to both be an extended classroom for students but also achieve competitive excellence. All members of the team represent the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre, the College of Arts and Sciences, and South Dakota State University.

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Jackrabbit Forensics competitors with their awards at the Pi Kappa Delta annual national tournament.

Goals

The Jackrabbit Forensics Team's primary goal is to develop and enhance oral communication skills through competitive and community performance or public address, limited preparation events, oral interpretation, and debates. Together, the team will set competitive and growth goals. Additionally, each individual will set competitive and growth goals with the Director of Forensics.

For additional information, please contact Andrea Carlile, Director of Forensics.

Donate to the Forensics Team through the Alumni Scholarship Fund

We are excited to announce our Jackrabbit Forensics Alumni Scholarship Fund! If you are interested in supporting our students on the Jackrabbit Forensics Team click here. Select Scholarships for the College of Arts and Sciences and in the notes section write Jackrabbit Forensics Alumni Scholarship Fund.