As a major in our department, students will study the basics of the speech, language and hearing processes. In addition to the major in Communications Sciences and Disorders, we offer a minor in American Sign Language and a concentration in Deaf Education.
The major in communication sciences and disorders emphasizes speech-language pathology and offers comprehensive education in the fundamental principles of the field. Students will be introduced to techniques and processes across a lifespan as well as the relationships among communication and culture, social skills and cognitive ability.
Students who minor in Sign Language Interpreting learn much about deaf people and their language. Employers often see this as a great asset for many jobs in this field.
The Deaf Education concentration prepares students to teach children who are deaf and those with hearing disorders. It is a comprehensive program where students learn and experience a variety of approaches associated with educating deaf and hard of hearing children. Students spend their junior year observing and participating in a literacy program with the local Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD). Their entire senior year encompasses the student teaching experience. Placement sites for student interns are at the local RDSPD followed by a semester at the Texas School for the Deaf.