Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program is a professional preparation program that provides one with the knowledge and training to pursue a career in practice or research in communication sciences. This program provides an in-depth understanding of the biological and physical constructs of speech, language, and hearing, cultural competency and understanding of speech and language in both normal development and special populations, and a development of healthcare ethics and using evidence-based practice in treatment and research. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a research capstone and take a course to prepare for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Assistant Examination upon completing post-graduation requirements for state licensure. Students planning to apply for a Tennessee state licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant or attend graduate school for speech-language pathology or audiology must complete the CSD major or minor curriculum plan as outlined in the degree requirements.


What populations are studied?

  • Newborns, Pre-K, School Age, Teens, Adults, and Geriatrics

  • Congenital Disorders (Down's Syndrome, Autism, Cleft Palate, etc.)

  • Acquired Disorders (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Dementia, etc.)

What does CSD involve?

  • Speech

  • Language

  • Fluency/Stuttering

  • Swallowing

  • Feeding

  • Voice

  • Cognition

  • Literacy

  • Auditory Processing

  • Social Skills



4 - Year Plans

To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to major in Communication Sciences & Disorders has been created:

Degree Requirements

B.S. Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders


Program Coordinator: Dr. Meagan Spencer

For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation


I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements:

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

Limit II. C. Basic skills to MAT235 Introductory Statistics

Limit III. B. Natural Sciences to CHE 121 General Chemistry I with CHE 121L General Chemistry I Lab

35 hours


II. Major Requirements:

44 hours

CSD 101

Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders and Interdisciplinary Relationships in Education & Allied Health


CSD 105


Normal Speech & Lang. Development & Communication Behavior (W)


CSD 221

Phonological & Articulation Disorders


CSD 222

Language Disorders Across the Lifespan 


CSD 231



CSD 275

Clinical Methods & Procedures: Treatment


CSD 300



CSD 321

Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Language


CSD 322

Speech and Voice Science


CSD 341

Cultural Competency in the Communication Sciences


CSD 375

Clinical Methods & Procedures: Diagnostics


CSD 400

Aural Rehabilitation


CSD 420

Ethics, Procedure, & Law in the Communication Sciences (W)


CSD 430

ASHA SLPA Exam Prep Course


CSD 450

Senior Capstone: Evidence-Based Practice in the Communication Sciences (W)



III. Electives (including additional Bible):

A foreign language and Physics are strongly recommended.

A minor or double major is required.

47 hours