Date of Award

Spring 1951

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Hellman, Hugo

Second Advisor

Duffey, William R.

Third Advisor

Staudacher, Joseph


The purpose of this thesis briefly stated is to justify argumentation within and without the contemporary American Jesuit University by reason of early Jesuit educational practice. Jesuit universities and colleges have become renowned in America for their participation and accomplishments in the field of argumentation and debate. Some speech educators attribute this success to American speech environment. Others attribute it to sound training. However, the roots of Jesuit activity in argumentation grow far deeper than American speech environment and modern training. Argumentation is an integral part of Jesuit educational tradition and for this reason have I attempted to justify debate within and without contemporary American Jesuit universities by reason of early Jesuit educational practice.