Department of English
The Morehouse Forensics (Speech and Debate) program provides opportunity for students to showcase their oratorical skills through a variety of speech and debate events. Currently, the program is primarily concentrated on a variety of forms of intercollegiate debate including parliamentary debate and international public debate. The program is ranked the best parliamentary debate program in the State of Georgia, and the team finished the 2011-2012 season ranked in the top 16 in the nation according to the National Parliamentary Debate Association. At the 2012 Pi Kappa Delta Nationals, the team earned top honors by having one team reach elimination rounds in parliamentary debate and bringing home speaker awards in a variety of debate events including parliamentary debate and international public debate. The team has also participated in speech events including: poetry, prose, dramatic interpretation, dramatic duo , program oral interpretation, persuasive speaking, informative speaking, impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speaking, after dinner speaking and communication analysis. In 2004, the team finished 18th out of over a hundred teams at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. The team competes all over the Southeast, with occasional jaunts to more exotic locales.
Contact: Attorney Ken Newby, Director of Forensics
Developmental Reading Program
The Morehouse College Developmental Reading Program was established in 1939 by English Composition teacher Mrs. Georgia Cowan Poole with the support of Dr. N. P. Williams, chairman of the English Department at that time. Since 1939, the program has had five directors. The program is now in its 62nd year and is, therefore, one of the oldest continuous programs of its kind in the country. The program has never experienced a lapse in operation. The program, however, has experienced many changes, but it has retained its fundamental concepts, continuing to diagnosis students’ reading problems while planning their remedies.
English majors and minors are encouraged to apply for grants and fellowships to study in other countries during summer semesters or year-long terms. Credit for such work is assessed and awarded toward graduation as applicable.
CLAJ, Journal of the College Language Association
Published since 1957
Dr. Cason Hill, Editor