The curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Communication Disorders is designed to provide the undergraduate student with a broad introductory background to the normal processes of speech, hearing, language and related functions, as well as a basic understanding of communicative pathologies and a familiarization with various approaches to their assessment and treatment. The curriculum provides the necessary academic preparation for graduate study in speech and language pathology or audiology, which is the level of preparation where the achievement of professional competencies is the primary goal of course study and supervised practicum.
In addition to required academic courses, the department’s clinical facilities are sufficiently equipped to allow for videotape or direct observation by students of clinical diagnosis and treatment of a variety of communicative pathologies. Students are urged to take advantage of this observational experience, but can do so only according to established clinical policies. Seniors may participate in a practicum experience with permission of the instructor.
Students are strongly advised to consult their academic advisors about the content and sequence of their curriculum, especially where the choice and sequencing of electives are concerned.
There is no minor available in communication disorders.
NOTE: In addition to the curriculum requirements outlined below, each student must have their speech and hearing evaluated shortly after their acceptance as a major in the department. The purpose of this speech and hearing screening evaluation is to detect communication problems requiring more complete evaluation and possible remediation. Evaluation results do not affect the student’s status as a communication disorders major.