2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Disorders, B.S.

The major in Communication Disorders (CD) requires 10 courses (40 credits) and includes the prerequisites for graduate study in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology). Undergraduate coursework in CD also provides opportunities for students to earn the 25 guided, clinical observation hours required for graduate-level clinical work and the Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP (see asha.org). 

Undergraduate CD courses emphasize culturally-sustaining frameworks and practices, preparing students to engage in multicultural-multilingual settings. The ASL requirement introduces students to Deaf culture, and many CD students also complete the minor in Hearing and Deafness. The minors Health and Society, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Science, or a double-major in Health and Social Change also pair well with the CD major.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in CD can work as an SLP assistant, audiology assistant, rehabilitation aide, early childhood educator, special education paraprofessional, or disability advocate.


Students majoring in CD are also advised to take four courses to satisfy the academic requirements for their future certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one each in statistics, biological sciences, physics or chemistry, and social/behavioral sciences.

Typical Sequence of Courses for the Undergraduate CD Major

(This sequence may be modified to custom fit the needs of individual students)

Total credits: 40