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



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

Intro. to Communication Sciences and Disorders and Interdisciplinary Relationships in Education and Allied Health


CSD 105


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


CSD 221

Phonological and Articulation Disorders


CSD 222

Language Disorders Across the Lifespan 


CSD 231



CSD 290

Clinical Methods


CSD 300



CSD 321

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Language


CSD 322

Speech and Voice Science


CSD 341

Cultural Competency in the Communication Sciences


CSD 375

Clinical Methods & Procedures: Diagnostics


CSD 380



CSD 400

Aural Rehabilitation


CSD 420

Ethics, Procedure, and Law in 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.

47 hours