School of Communication Science & Disorders

Communication Science & Disorders students study the very essence of the human condition — communication. Communication disorders stem from an array of impairments in the hearing, speech, voice, resonance, fluency, swallowing, and language processes.

Disorders of human communication affect millions of Americans and cut across the entire life span. An estimated 1 in 6 individuals will suffer from a communication impairment in their lifetime. Audiologists assess and treat individuals with hearing loss. Speech-language pathologists identify, prevent, evaluate, and treat individuals with communication disorders. The growing number of people with communication impairments reflects a need for qualified audiologists and speech-language pathologists, known as SLPs, to serve the populace.

At the undergraduate level, our program prepares students to enter a graduate program in either audiology or speech-language pathology. Our master’s program prepares individuals for a career in speech-language pathology in a variety of educational, hospital, and private practice settings. Composed of 18 full-time faculty scholars and clinical educators, our School is dedicated to clinical teaching and research. As such, we operate the L.L. Schendel Speech and Hearing Clinic. We are one of the leading communication science and disorders program in the nation and one of the few to offer an emphasis in clinical research. We are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and we have been ranked for several years among the top 25 schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Speech-language pathology has been ranked as 14th best job in US! The Department of Labor predicts that the number of speech-language pathologists will grow by 23.4 percent in 10 years. Read more at U.S.

As you peruse our Web site, you will find that our dedication to helping others, our emphasis on scholarly learning, and our student-friendly atmosphere make the School of Communication Science & Disorders a great place to be!