Forensic scholars have long written about the educational benefits of forensics, but very few have attempted to tie the activity to learning objectives from the curriculum. This thesis seeks to determine if collegiate forensics can offer the same learning opportunities as one of the most common and fundamental communication classes in the discipline: the basic communication course. This research uses experiential learning as a pedagogical framework for forensics in attempting to answer if forensics can offer the same learning opportunities of the basic communication course, and if so, how the activity does this and what the students actually learn. Likert scale items are used to collect data, as well as open-ended survey prompts. Results are presented and then conclusions are drawn for both forensics and the basic communication course.


Leah White

First Committee Member

Kristen Treinen

Second Committee Member

Jasper S. Hunt

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Communication Studies


Arts and Humanities

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