Intercollegiate Debate

Worlds Style Debate

Worlds Style Debate is the most popular form of debate in the world, with numerous tournaments in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada. Over the course of the last few years, the Worlds Style Debate is steadily gaining popularity in the United States and Willamette University intends to be a leader in this form of debate.

Worlds Style Debate consists of four, two-person teams. As in American Parliamentary Debate, debaters learn their topics approximately 15 minutes prior to the debate and topics change from debate to debate. Rather than a simple win-loss decisions, teams receive points based on a ranking of 1 to 4.

Willamette University has developed a serious Worlds Style Debate program. We intend to continue to participate in this form of debate and strengthen our program in this area.