May 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), B.A.

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Donald Goldberg, Chair
Joan Furey


Communication is the study of the innate human ability to use symbols and create meaning. The Department of Communication contains within it two tracks: Communication Studies and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders is a discipline that has evolved from hearing, speech, and language sciences research and the clinical endeavor of assessing, diagnosing, and treating those with communicative disorders. Knowledge, theories, and tools have been integrated from those sciences as well as the life sciences (human anatomy and physiology), linguistics, physics (acoustics and psychoacoustics), psychology (developmental and clinical psychology), and sociology/anthropology (sociolinguistics). The major in the Communication Sciences and Disorders track includes courses in the discipline itself, cognate courses that are selected from related disciplines, and the clinic practicum. The curriculum provides the student with an understanding of normal and abnormal human speech, language and hearing. The curriculum and supervised clinic practica of the major contribute to this understanding, and courses in the major are taught from these perspectives: 1) the evolutionary biolinguistic capacity of humans for using language for communication; 2) the principles of human development and maturation from biologic, anthropologic, psychosocial, and communicative perspectives; 3) the causes, effects, assessment, and treatment of those with communicative disorders; 4) the opportunities for experiential learning through participation in the activities of the Freedlander Speech and Hearing Clinic. When combined with the required research methodology course, the major may prepare the qualified student for graduate or professional study.

Special Notes

  • Majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders area must complete their methods course (COMM 35300 ) before the end of the junior year. Students are encouraged to take their methods course (COMM 35300) in the sophomore year and must complete it before the end of the junior year.
  • In addition to demonstrating proficiency in research and writing through Independent Study, a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders  must demonstrate proficiency in public speaking, as certified by all faculty members in the Department of Communication, based upon the student’s oral presentation of his/her Senior Independent Study proposal. These public presentations will typically be scheduled in the early Spring, and students will be provided with specific guidelines to follow. The faculty also requires majors to seek the help of their advisers in preparing their presentations.
  • No more than two Communication Studies and/or Communication Sciences and Disorders courses can be applied toward the general education requirements.
  • Majors and minors in Communication Sciences and Disorders may not take any courses within the department for S/NC credit except the first enrollment of COMD 14000 .
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.

Cross-listed Courses Accepted for COMD Credit


EDUC 11000. Using Phonics to Teach Reading and Development 

EDUC 20000. Teaching Exceptionalities [D]

EDUC 20500. Reading, Teaching, and Learning: Literature and Media for Children and Young Adolescents


PSYC 11000. Child and Adolescent Development [HSS]

PSYC 21200. Abnormal Psychology [HSS]

PSYC 23000. Human Neuropsychology [HSS]

PSYC 31500. Music and Speech Perception

PSYC 32200. Memory and Cognition [W]

PSYC 32300. Behavioral Neuroscience [W]

Sociology and Anthropology

ANTH 22000. Linguistic Anthropology [C, HSS]


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