What is Communication Sciences and Disorders?

Communication Sciences and Disorders assesses and treats the speech, language, and hearing abilities and disorders and related disorders. In this field, we seek to diagnose and treat a variety of disorders, improving communication while also improving quality of life.

Communication disorders affect all age ranges. Some disorders are present at birth; others are not evident until later or are the result of physical or psychological trauma. Disorders can impair hearing, speaking, or reading as well as a person's attempts to understand or be understood.

Our profession is dedicated to improving people's abilities to express themselves. The department's mission is to integrate excellent academic with clinical training to promote the highest standards of practice and conduct for speech-language pathologists.

With such a wide range of people afflicted by communication disorders, professionals in this field enjoy a tremendous opportunity to specialize. Students can anticipate careers as:

  • Speech pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Special education teachers
  • Private school administrators
  • Counselors
  • Consultants
  • Speech and hearing therapists