Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders
Hours57 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 400 Students.
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Program Requirements

This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental acceptance. Please see the college advisement center for information regarding requirements for application to this major.
Apply for and be admitted to the major.
NOTE: In lieu of ASL 101, any other foreign language course 101 level or higher (taken at the university level) may be used.
Program Outcomes


Explain the processes of normal hearing, including key anatomic structures and neural systems along with their function in perceiving and interpreting environmental and speech sounds. Describe the assessment of hearing in adults and children and demonstrate the ability to create and interpret audiograms. Describe basic aspects of intervention in remediating the effects of hearing impairment.


Describe the typical acquisition of language and its relationship to cognitive, psychological, and social development. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language and how it is described. Identify key milestones in development and describe atypical language use in conditions such as autism spectrum disorders, language learning disabilities, and aphasia.


Define and describe the anatomy and physiology of speech production and explain the scientific basis of measuring speech performance. Describe atypical speech sound production and identify appropriate intervention approaches.

Scope of Practice

Identify the populations served within educational, medical, and community settings by speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical practice and the importance of graduate level training and clinical competence in working with individuals with communication disorders.