Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has a long and distinguished history of educational and rehabilitation service to Baylor University, Texas and the Nation. For over a half century, the faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders has displayed an inextinguishable commitment to Baylor University's vision of excellence. As a result, in each of the past five years, the department has achieved an enviable top tier national ranking in the U.S. News Ranking of America's Best Graduate Schools.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will continue to be a source of widely respected academic and clinical education as the work of its faculty and development of its programs progresses into the new millennium. The department is solidly founded upon an outstanding history during which it has graduated over 1,200 speech-language pathologists who provide treatments to over 60,000 speech, language and hearing disabled children and adults every week in America. On the local level, the department's clinic provides over 10,000 hours of community service each year to disabled children, the elderly, and all ages in between. Testimonials have clearly shown that the lives of children and their families have been significantly changed as a result of the treatment they received at Baylor's clinic. It is clear that the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders has and will continue to have a significant impact on the global community, the local community, and the individual lives of children, adults, and families.

CSD Strategic Plan


Human Sciences and Design



The Department of Human Sciences and Design at Baylor University prepares students to become professionals in business, education, and service careers that use the family and consumer sciences knowledge base and to assume individual, family and community roles as Christians in an increasingly complex global society.



The Department of Human Sciences and Design has made a huge impact since 1930, when home-economics based classes were first taught at Baylor.


FCS Moving Forward

The department continues to grow in numbers and productivity, but as growth occurs, needs increase. FCS Moving Forward includes the departments ambitious plans for the future.


Health, Human Performance & Recreation

The Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation is focused on diverse aspects of health, activity, recreation, and quality of life. These topics are particularly timely. At no time in our nation's history have we likely devoted such focused attention toward fitness, sport performance, health, and recreation. Among other activity- and health-related fields, graduates from HHPR will find great vocational opportunity in church recreation, outdoor recreation, exercise physiology, sport psychology, athletic training, health education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical practice, and nutrition.

Department of Public Health

Our nationally accredited public health program includes a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with specialization in Community Health, and a joint BSPH/MPH degree. We prepare our students to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance quality of life for individuals and communities.

Public health educators work in a variety of exciting work settings that include nonprofit community health organizations, public health agencies, worksite and health promotion programs, schools, university wellness programs, and voluntary health agencies (American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, etc.). The core competencies of the public health profession and those of a health education specialist serve as the framework for our curriculum. To date, 100% of our graduates who have taken the national certification exam have succeeded in becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Our strong practice-based approach, global health opportunities, and low faculty-student ratios provide our students with a quality learning experience that can enhance career development. Our students often tell us they enjoy the opportunities we provide for them to learn as they serve and serve as they learn.