Become a Voice That Can Change the World


Forensics is the competitive art of public speaking. Whether it is an interpretative event or a prepared speech, the activity of forensics helps students develop one of the most important skills of life - the ability to command the spoken word .

Forensics is where, as a student, they can test themselves now against the future mainstream, competing against the future leaders, actors, journalists, attorneys, politicians and speakers.

The activity helps students build a knowledge base, while promoting reading, research, assurance, and conviction. In the end, Forensics not only helps students develop their communication skills, but also their voice --

a voice that can change the world.


Students compete in the following Interpretation Events:

  • Dramatic;
  • Prose; Poetry;
  • Dramatic Duo;
  • Program of Oral Interpretation

Limited Preparation Events:

  • Impromptu;
  • Extemporaneous

Public Address Events:

  • Informative;
  • Persuasive;
  • After Dinner;
  • Communication Analysis


Forensics Team




Bringing the Championship Back Home!

On February 17-18, 2018 the Tennessee State University Forensics team competed at the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association state tournament.  It had been 6 years since the team won the state tournament, but they finally brought the Championship back home. The team walked away with 51 total awards, 2nd Place Debate Sweepstakes, 1st Place Individual Event Sweepstakes and  1st Place overall Sweepstakes. The team has had a record breaking year so far and plans to cap off their season as they host the first Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament to be held at an HBCU In almost two decades.

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