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Communicative sciences and disorders

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Interested in a degree in communication sciences and disorders?

Students who pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in communicative sciences and disorders learn about the typical and disordered aspects of speech, language, hearing and swallowing. This major is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills for the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. 

In addition to practicing communication skills and gaining experience in collaboration, students will learn about issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity and ethical practice within the field of communication sciences and disorders. Graduates of this program will be prepared to effectively contribute to the profession and to society as a whole.


Graduates with a degree in communicative sciences and disorders pursue a wide range of careers, excelling in jobs that require professional communication skills, critical thinking and understanding of scientific inquiry as it relates to communication sciences and disorders. Many students go on to pursue a graduate degree to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Alumni work at: 

  • hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • elementary, junior high and high schools
  • early intervention programs
  • private clinics for speech therapy and audiology services

Alumni work as: 

  • speech-language pathologists
  • audiologists
  • professionals in the publishing industry (particularly healthcare)
  • healthcare sales professionals
  • employees in non-profit organizations

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