Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Program Description

The Communicative Sciences and Disorder major is designed to provide information about speech and language pathology and audiology to students who have interest in this field. Instruction in this program is balanced between the theoretical and the pragmatic. Students study the causes, characteristics, and therapies for various disorders of communication. Study of the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing is also an integral component of the program. In addition, students take courses in psychology. Clinical practicum experiences, internships, and independent study are also available.

Most students select this major in preparation for further study of communicative sciences and disorders in graduate school. Admission to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology are highly competitive, often requiring a minimal GPA of 3.4. Following graduate school, they may enter the field as speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Others choose the major to gather information that is beneficial to their professional and personal lives.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is to provide high-quality preparation to undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in working with individuals who have speech, language and hearing disorders, and their families. Our graduates will be guided by principles of evidence-based practice and will work in collaboration with other professionals, adhering to the highest ethical standards in serving the needs of our diverse community.

M. Flahive, S. Latham, J. Lovett, R. Tomenko, S. Schneider 

Judd Leighton Speech and Language Clinic, leightonclinic@saintmarys.edu