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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

College of Health and Human Services


Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMM)


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Associate Professor: Steven P. Bornstein
Clinical Associate Professor: Jeanne H. O'Sullivan, Amy S. Plante, Rae M. Sonnenmeier
Clinical Assistant Professor: Sheryl Gottwald, Mary Jane Sullivan
Lecturer: Donna Schefer

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is devoted to helping people overcome disabilities of speech, language, and hearing. The study of Communication Sciences and Dis­orders may begin in the freshman or sophomore year. Students learn about speech, language, and hearing disorders in the classroom and are in­volved in clinical observation in the on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing Center and can participate in research projects. Students are encouraged to take elective courses in linguis­tics, human development, learning theory, early childhood, health administration, special edu­cation, and various aspects of rehabilitation.

As this is a pre-professional degree, students generally pursue graduate studies in speech-language pathology or audiology at colleges or universities offering graduate programs leading to a master's or doctoral degree and to subsequent certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associa­tion (ASHA). Certified clinicians find employ­ment opportunities in hospitals, schools, com­munity speech and hearing clinics, and private practice. Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program require­ments in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Communication Sciences and Disorders major.

Required Courses
COMM 520, Survey of Communication Disorders
COMM 521, Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
COMM 522, The Acquisition of Language
COMM 524, Clinical Phonetics
COMM 630, Organic Pathologies
COMM 631, Articulation and Language Disorders in Children
COMM 635, Senior Capstone: Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology
COMM 704, Basic Audiology
COMM 705, Introduction to Auditory Perception and Aural Rehabilitation
COMM 723, Clinical Observation
COMM 777, Speech and Hearing Science
KIN 706, Neurology

Other elective courses are available. All students must also complete 25 hours of clinical observation.

In addition, students must complete one of the following courses to meet ASHA certification requirements: CHEM 409 or PHYS 409. 

Transfer applications are accepted in October and May. Please contact (603) 862-0144 for more information.

Minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies
The minor in deaf and hard of hearing studies is intended to provide students with courses leading to specialized knowledge related to the fields of deafness and hearing loss. It is of interest to students who intend to engage in teaching, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, and other professions in which contact with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may be expected. There may be some interest as well on the part of students majoring in TESOL and linguistics due to the bilingual aspect of the field. Finally, it may be an option for those students who wish to move on to graduate study in the fields of deaf education, rehabilitation counseling, speech-language pathology, and audiology. Minor coordinator: Mary Jane Sullivan.

Communication sciences and disorders majors may not use a course required of their major to fulfill both major and minor requirements.

Students in the deaf and hard of hearing studies minor must earn a grade of C- or better in each course in order to receive credit for the course in the minor.

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