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Department of Political Science & Sociology

Debate Hawks

Rochester, NY (Click HERE to enlarge Debate Hawks National Rankings Poster)

About the Debate Hawks

In 2020 the Monmouth University Debate Team won the novice point National Championship in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) policy debate rankings.  The CEDA novice division includes teams from over 100 universities from across the nation and is comprised of non-scholarship debaters who generally have a year and a half or less debate experience. Debaters are categorized into three divisions dependent upon years of experience.  When combining all three divisions, MU Debate finished 21st in the overall 2020 CEDA national rankings. The team competed in six weekend long debate tournaments, including the American Debate Association National Championship held in Las Vegas, Nevada in March of 2020.   In 2020 team members also travelled to Mumbai, India to participate in a debate mentoring program as part of a U.S. Department of State grant awarded by the U.S. Consulate’s Office in Mumbai to create debate teams and train students in three Mumbai schools.  The Debate Team has approximately 40 members and participating in debate is a great way to make new friends while honing transferable skills to careers in law, politics, business, and education.  No previous debate experience is necessary.  Please contact Dr. Joseph Patten at if you would like additional information about the Debate Team.






Mumbai, India trip