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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Health and Human Services


Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMM)


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Chairperson: Penelope E. Webster
Professor: Stephen N. Calculator
Associate Professor: Steven P. Bornstein, Penelope E. Webster
Assistant Professor: Dana Moser, Bryan M. Ness
Clinical Associate Professor: Jeanne H. O'Sullivan, Ruth E. Peaper, Amy S. Plante, Rae M. Sonnenmeier
Clinical Assistant Professor: Sheryl Gottwald, Mary Jane Sullivan
Lecturer: Kevin J. Fleese, Kelly Fleese, Donna Schefer, Michael Wallace

Communication sciences and disorders is the profession 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. Students are encouraged to take elective courses in linguistics, human development, learning theory, early childhood, health administration, special education, and various aspects of rehabilitation.

Students are advised to continue their professional education at colleges or universities offering graduate programs leading to a master’s 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 communication sciences and disorders.

The required courses in communication sciences and disorders that all students in the program must complete with a grade of C- or better are 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, Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology; COMM 704, Basic Audiology; COMM 705, Introduction to Auditory Perception and Aural Rehabilitation; and COMM 777, Speech and Hearing Science. Students also must complete KIN 706; FS 525, or equivalent in human development; and a course in statistics. Other elective courses are available. All students must also complete 15 hours of clinical observation.

In addition, students must complete one of the following courses to meet ASHA certification requirements: CHEM 403, CHEM 409, PHYS 401, PHYS 409. 

A 3.5 grade-point average is required to transfer into the major. Students interested in this program should consult with the chairperson, Penelope E. Webster, Ed.D.

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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