Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

In the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, our instruction is balanced between the theoretical and the pragmatic. You’ll study the causes, characteristics, and therapies for various disorders of communication. You’ll fully understand the fields of speech pathology and audiology by studying the anatomy and physiology of speech. Hearing is also an integral component of the program, and you’ll take courses in psychology. Clinical practicum experiences are available.


We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in communicative sciences and disorders. As part of your professional preparation, we offer practical, hands-on experience with a variety of patient demographics in our on-campus facility, the Judd Leighton Speech and Language Clinic.


The faculty in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is comprised of accomplished experts and scholars who match their passion for assisting others with communicative disorders with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. Their research interests include speech and hearing sciences, speech and sound disorders, audiology, adult language disorders, and autism and child language and literacy disorders. With years of clinical experience, our faculty goal is to prepare you to fill the needs in the communicative sciences and disorders field.


You’ll find our communicative sciences and disorders alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees and prestigious institutions and at Saint Mary's College in particular. With a degree in communicative sciences and disorders, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers.