Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is to focus on and advance the study of normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, voice, and hearing; and on the application of such knowledge to the assessment and treatment of patients with communicative disorders. We strive for excellence in understanding communication sciences and disorders in a pluralistic society. Our program is about advancing knowledge and transforming lives by preparing leaders in communicative sciences and disorders through teaching, research, and service. CSD, as a department, strives to prepare students for careers and leadership in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and/or in research related to the broad areas of focus described above.

The Department offers a Master's degree, a Doctoral degree and several undergraduate preparatory classes for students wanting to pursue careers in SLP, Audiology or related disciplines. The master's degree program is designed to provide academic and clinical knowledge and skill for those preparing to become professionally certified speech-language pathologists. The doctoral degree program is designed to provide broad and detailed academic and research experiences, knowledge, and skill for the preparation of teacher scholars in human communication sciences and disorders.

In meeting its mission the Department strives to:

  • Provide the highest quality academic, practicum, and research education and experiences in the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders for the areas of speech-language pathology, and speech, and hearing sciences for all students;
  • Provide a high-quality nationally accredited academic speech-language pathology program by meeting the accreditation standards of the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association;
  • Encourage discovery, translation and application of knowledge of the underlying bases, nature, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders.
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