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WHAT IS THE UTEP FORENSICS TEAM?
Forensics competition at UTEP is an exciting and challenging academic activity that prepares undergraduate students to represent our campus in intercollegiate speech tournaments nationwide in the areas of Debate, Public Speaking, and Oral Interpretation of Literature. The UTEP Forensics Team is a winning team with an outstanding state, regional and national record. It has earned a reputation for ethical competition and scholarly excellence, enhancing the academic image of The University of Texas at El Paso from coast to coast.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE UTEP FORENSICS TEAM?
Team members have the opportunity to develop communication skills vital to any career goal, to grow as researchers and scholars, to earn college credit in Forensics classes, to participate in fully University-funded travel to intercollegiate tournaments all over the nation, to earn substantial cash Service Awards each semester, and to build impressive credentials as speakers and performers. The UTEP Forensics Team's commitment to academic excellence helps to ensure a student's future success by encouraging the maintenance of high grade standards. A minimum college GPA of 2.5 is necessary for tournament competition; a minimum GPA of 3.00 is recommended to qualify for Forensics Service Awards. Additionally, students may choose to earn Honors credit.

WHO CAN JOIN THE UTEP FORENSICS TEAM?
Any undergraduate student enrolled at UTEP may join; experience is welcome, but not necessary. UTEP Forensics is actively seeking new members. No prior permission is needed for enrollment in Forensics classes.

HOW DO I JOIN THE UTEP FORENSICS TEAM?
The first step in joining the team is to enroll in COMMUNICATION 2201, Practicum in Forensic Debate, and COMMUNICATION 2202, Practicum in Forensic Individual Events. Both classes may be repeated for credit and are offered every fall and spring semester in the Department of Communication listings. Enrollment in at least one Forensics class is mandatory, for classroom training is essential to the preparation and selection of those students who are chosen to represent The University of Texas at El Paso in intercollegiate tournament competition. Enrollment in both courses is encouraged for those who hope to receive financial assistance from the Forensics Program Service Scholarship fund. Students who enroll in both the debate and individual events classes are eligible for higher service awards.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE UTEP FORENSICS TEAM?
Visit our classes, telephone or email. We’ll be glad to hear from you.

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