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Communication Sciences and Disorders
Major, Minor

Program Overview

One out of every ten people has a speech, language or hearing problem. If you have a passion for helping others overcome these issues to live fulfilling lives, our major in communication sciences and disorders is a perfect fit for you. With an undergraduate major, you'll be ready for graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years (major), 1-2 years (minor)
Credit Hours: 24 - 43

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

With this program, you'll learn to prevent, identify, and treat communication disorders and help people on a holistic basis. Communication disorders generally do not occur in isolation, they can be related to other problems as well. Social, emotional, educational, and vocational difficulties may stem from or be aggravated by communication disorders.

To work as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, you are required to meet each state's professional qualifications. This requires a graduate degree at the masters or doctoral level. At CMU we carefully tailor your study of communication disorders at the undergraduate level to lead seamlessly into graduate level studies.

The minor in communication sciences and disorders prepares students for several career opportunities. These roles are mainly related to health and education or more advanced educational opportunities.

Program Highlights

With the communication sciences and disorders undergraduate program, you'll:

  • Pursue a broad-based curriculum that takes a holistic approach to help people with communication disorders.
  • Access our on-campus clinic, where you will have the opportunity to observe evaluation and therapy sessions for a diverse group of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Have the opportunity to take an elective course giving you hands-on experience working with clients in either the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education or our Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics.
  • Join one of our many student organizations including the Association for Future Speech-Language Pathologists and Pre-Audiology Student Association.
  • Support people living with dementia and other cognitive impairments by serving as a skilled communication partner and engaging in purposeful activities based on personalized interests as part of a service-learning course.
  • Have the opportunity to engage in volunteer activities that support the local Mount Pleasant Community, such as providing Autism Awareness and Acceptance Lessons in the greater Mount Pleasant area.

Careers & Outcomes

With this degree, you can choose a profession such as speech-language pathologist or audiologist. You'll work primarily in educational settings, medical and health facilities, and private practice.

Career Projected Salary
Speech Language Pathologist $79,060
Audiologist $78,950
Hearing Screener $40,326

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