Communication Sciences & Disorders Major
Prepare for graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology by integrating academic knowledge with clinical competency. Interact with graduate students in the Speech and Hearing Center and learn assessment and treatment techniques. You will meet undergraduate requirements for certification with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and satisfy prerequisites for graduate degrees leading to New York State licensure.
What Will I Learn?
Academic Modules: Courses in CSD major focus on the scientific basis and nature of human communication, its disorders, assessment and remediation. You will study the normal processes of hearing, speech and language development, and their disorders such as articulation and phonological disorders, language-learning delays and disorders, aphasia, autism, hearing impairment, deafness and others.
Clinical Components: The goal of the undergraduate program is to provide a solid foundation for the development of clinical expertise. You will interact with graduate students in the Speech and Hearing Center. There, you are introduced gradually to functioning as a student clinician by observing assessment and treatment sessions. Although you will perform the majority of your clinical work at the graduate level, some undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in an undergraduate clinical experience during their last year of study.
What is Unique About Our Program?
A Quality Program: Our mission is to effectively prepare students to meet the challenges of our professions by providing quality instruction, modeling and mentoring, and curricular changes which reflect our diverse society in accordance with the accepted standards of our professions. Our curriculum is comprehensive and integrates academic knowledge and clinical competencies. It meets all undergraduate requirements for certification with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and all undergraduate requirements for New York State licensure.
Faculty Expertise: Our highly qualified and multicultural faculty members have extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders, and teach all of the courses. All our faculty hold current ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Speech and Hearing Center: The center serves as an academic facility for student clinicians and also provides a community service for persons with communication and hearing disorders. Students have opportunities to interact with graduate student clinicians, observe assessment and treatment sessions. High achieving students may also have the opportunity to participate in an undergraduate clinical experience during their last year of study.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
The communication sciences and disorders undergraduate major is a pre-professional track that prepares you for a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.