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?
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:
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
II. Major Requirements:
Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders and Interdisciplinary Relationships in Education & Allied Health
Normal Speech & Lang. Development & Communication Behavior (W)
Phonological & Articulation Disorders
Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
Clinical Methods & Procedures: Treatment
Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Language
Speech and Voice Science
Cultural Competency in the Communication Sciences
Clinical Methods & Procedures: Diagnostics
Ethics, Procedure, & Law in the Communication Sciences (W)
ASHA SLPA Exam Prep Course
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.
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