The Claremont Colleges Debate Union (CCDU), a 5-C program centered at Claremont McKenna College, is among the largest and most successful college debating societies in the nation. A genuine 5-C program, students from each of the undergraduate institutions of the Claremont Consortium – Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps – are active Debate […]

Instructional sessions are scheduled at the listed times. Instructional sessions vary by week. You do not need to register for sessions. They will be held in Bauer 21. Week of September 21 Tuesday, September 22, 8:00-8:50 PM Interpreting a Motion and Producing Topic Arguments Tuesday, September 22, 9:00-9:50 PM Counterplanning Wednesday, September 23, 12:15-1:00 PM Points of Information […]

Practices debates are scheduled at the listed times. Please confirm registration for your permanent practice debate based on the email you received from Scooby. If you did not receive that email, please contact her at Week of September 21 Tuesday, September 22, 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, September 22, 8:00-10:00 PM Wednesday, September 23, 4:15-6:00 PM […]

The Debate Union participates in World Universities debating, also known as British Parliamentary debating. The format is unique – it is based on political deliberative argument and includes 4 2-person teams in a debate. It is the most popular college/university debate format in the world and among the most rigorous. Training includes rules, conventions, team/speaker […]


SCRIMMAGE – scrimmages include practice debates, instructional sessions, and information sessions (events vary by scrimmage) Registration is required for debates but not for other scrimmage sessions. Email to register. The registration deadline is the Thursday prior to the scrimmage, 6:00 PM. Friday, September 25, Bauer 21 12:00-1:45 PM Comprehensive introduction to the intercollegiate debate format (British […]


Please welcome Lauren ‘Scooby’ Phillips, hired in July 2015 as an administrative assistant in the Debate Union. Scooby is a 2013 graduate of Claremont McKenna. She has actively participated in Debate Union programming; she was an undergraduate Debate Union intern and has been a volunteer for outreach tournament and event administration and judging, as well […]


CCDU contact, participant, and travel forms must be completed by all members of the Debate Union and filed in Bauer 21 for intercollegiate competition, professional communication, and educational outreach events. An iNext card is available from CMC’s Center for Global Education. It is required for international travel; it is good for one year. Please request […]


Congratulations to students for their outstanding work at the Debate Union’s 2015 Claremont Summer residential and commuting sessions from June-August. Student interns worked as instructional staff and residential administrators in middle school debate, high school debate (national and international sessions), and high school leadership and professional communication sessions. Student interns include Isabella ‘Buddy’ Burch, Pranay […]


More than 500 people attended the 2015 CLAREMONT SUMMER debate and leadership professional communication workshops sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union. Programming was held at Claremont McKenna College from mid-June to the first week of August. The Debate Union has hosted previous summer programs but this is the 16th consecutive year of the CLAREMONT SUMMER […]


The Debate Union sponsors class and contest debate programming in a number of countries. This effort includes teacher and staff training with partner universities and educational non-profit organizations. In addition, the Debate Union administers international competitive high school debate programming for the United States. The CCDU is the US representative for the Pan American Debate […]


The Debate Union had an outstanding year of competitive, professional, and educational outreach programming. Thanks to all members of the Debate Union, as well as many Debate Union alumni, for their brilliant participation and support! Just some of the highlights of the year… General Established 15 paid national and international internships for members and alumni. Received […]


The US Universities National Debate Championship was established by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union. The USU Championship is the US national championship in the World Universities Debating Championship format (the format is also know as the British Parliamentary format). The WUDC/BP format is the most popular debate format for higher education institutions. It is also […]


A ‘novice’ debater is a student in her/his first year of intercollegiate debating in the WUDC/BP format, regardless of prior debate experience.  Prior to 2013, the novice championship was held in conjunction with the national championship tournament. Only novice teams registered for the national championship tournament were eligible for the national novice championship. In 2013, […]


Congratulations to Charlie Sprague and Jesse Katz Blumenthal, the winners of the 2010 US Universities National Debating Championship. The tournament was sponsored by Regis University and the University of Denver, April 8-11. Charlie and Jesse were undefeated in their 10 debates. They placed ahead of Stanford, Yale, and Portland State in the final. The tournament included […]