Communication Sciences and Disorders

BS Program Vision, Mission, and Goals


Through strong academic preparation and skill development, the CMSD undergraduate program aims to prepare students for advanced degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders, vocation in service-related fields, and learning for life.


The CMSD BS program provides students education in normal and disordered aspects of communication across the lifespan that prepares students for advanced degrees in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology. Additionally, students acquire skills in critical and creative thinking, analysis and integration, reasoning and problem-solving, information literacy, and professional communication in oral and written formats and in group and interpersonal situations. These skills can be applied to advanced studies, a variety of human service-related professions, and lifelong learning.


  1. Prepare students academically for a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, or related field.
  2. Prepare students to work with and enhance the lives of individuals with diverse needs.
  3. Develop student skills that can be utilized in a variety of careers that focus on providing service to others.
  4. Provide or promote opportunities for undergraduate students to enhance their learning and broaden their experiences for further education and career development, social engagement, and lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to think critically, flexibly and creatively, analyze and integrate learning, reason, express informed opinions, information literacy, and utilize judgment across diverse concepts and problems.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of normal aspects of communication and culturally linguistic differences across the lifespan.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of communication disorders and culturally linguistic differences across the lifespan, including etiology, symptomatology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Demonstrate ability to utilize professional oral and written communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate effective interpersonal and team communication skills.

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