Communication Sciences and Disorders
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- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
Overview: Communication Sciences and Disorders is comprised of two distinct professions: speech-language pathology and audiology. These professions are concerned with human communication and its disorders. Communication Sciences and Disorders students want a career in service. Students typically come from three major disciplines: medicine, psychology and education.
Curriculum: Our department is nationally recognized in the area of multicultural studies. By the year 2050, it is predicted that more than 50 percent of those served by speech-language-hearing professionals will be from underrepresented racial or ethnic minority groups. The department is proud to be a leader in preparing students for this important challenge.
The department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has a culturally diverse student population. The department offers two specific multicultural courses and uses the infusion of multicultural information throughout the curriculum. Issues of diversity are incorporated into clinical practica as well.
Careers in the Field: Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are involved in prevention, identification, evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing functions and their disorders. These include delayed language development, acquired language disorders, stuttering, voice and articulation disorders; augmentative communication for those with limited functional speech, as well as swallowing problems (dysphagia). They treat children and adults and work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, nursing homes, private practice and private clinics.
Audiologists specialize in identification, assessment, prevention and rehabilitation of hearing disorders. They evaluate hearing, prescribe and dispense hearing aids, provide complete balance assessments, evaluate neural synchrony as it relates to the auditory mechanism, assess and provide intervention for auditory disorders and teach speech, reading and listening skills. Audiologists are involved in programs of hearing conservation (particularly in industry) and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring.
Related fields include special education and deaf education.