Established in 1953, the award-winning Long Beach Forensics team has a rich history of competitive success, consistently ranked among the top speech and debate teams in the nation. The team specializes in a variety of competitive events, including platform, interpretation, and limited preparation speaking events, as well as rapid-fire competitive policy debate, and competes in speech and debate tournaments held at universities across the U.S. Long Beach forensics competitors consistently win at both the regional and national levels. Undergraduate students from any major can participate on the team and hone their skills in public speaking, critical thinking, research, and cross-examination.
Forensics team alumni work in higher education, law, politics, and the public and private sectors. The speech and debate team is committed to creating an inclusive and informed citizenry through public argument and civic discourse, working to improve access to speech and debate programs for students from diverse backgrounds. Beach Forensics is housed in the CSU Long Beach Communication Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts.