A Tradition of Excellence

On the national scene, Whitman’s Parliamentary and Policy debate teams continue traditions of excellence that have become a hallmark of the college. Whitman’s name is synonymous with debate success, from collegiate team competition and intramural debate to hosting high school camps and tournaments.

Programs

Policy

Intercollegiate competition between two teams of two debaters. One side advocates a resolution for change in government policy and the other negates that advocacy. The resolution remains the same all year. Emphasis is placed on evidence.

Parliamentary

Intercollegiate competition between two teams of two debaters. One side advocates a resolution for change in government policy; the other negates that advocacy. The resolution changes for each round. Emphasis is placed on rapid adaptation to the opposing arguments.

Public

Whitman students plan, organize and participate in public debates, including projects with the Washington State Penitentiary as well as debates with Colleges and Universities throughout the region.