Communication Sciences and Disorders


Instilling Respect and Understanding for Individuals with Communication Disabilities

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) is to provide students with a strong understanding of the connections between the scientific bases of our discipline and its clinical practices. We strive to prepare the finest professional and ethical research-based clinicians who can assess and treat children and adults with communication disorders within our scope of practice and from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

What We Believe

  • CSD professionals must be scholar-clinicians who value and engage in lifelong learning.
  • Learning should take place in meaningful contexts that include opportunities for supported reflection.
  • It is our role as CSD professionals to serve as advocates for all of our clients, regardless of age, disability, socioeconomic status, or ethnic background.
  • CSD students must be able to deliver culturally and linguistically sensitive services to people with disabilities across the lifespan. The best clinical decisions occur when professionals and families collaborate.
  • Learning is holistic: that we must assess and treat the whole person, not just the disorder. In addition, we teach about preventative and early interventions that can help minimize the severity of certain disorders.
  • In the value of creativity in professional practice, especially in motivating interventions and nurturing the whole person.

Department Strategic Plan

The strategic plan of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders includes the following 5 goals:

  1. Continue to attract the most competent students.
  2. Use technology to make learning in the classroom and the clinical setting more efficient and exciting for our students.
  3. Continue to increase the program’s active research agenda by obtaining funding through grant submissions.
  4. Increase the diversity of clients seen in our clinic and externship programs in order to provide a broader clinical experience for our students.
  5. Continue to engage in interdisciplinary interaction and research with colleagues in related disciplines in order to identify common goals and initiatives.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders admits and enrolls students without regard to gender, age, race, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. Students are encouraged to speak to their professors about accommodations they may need to produce an accessible learning environment. Further, students with documented disabilities are encouraged to seek support services through the Office of Disability Support Services, Room 310 of the University Center (877-3145).

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Office of University Admissions
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