Communication Sciences and Disorders

The minor in communication sciences and disorders provides in-depth study of typical speech, language, and hearing processes across the life span. Coursework includes speech and language development, clinical phonetics, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, speech science, audiologic (hearing) processes, audiology, and aural rehabilitation.

The minor provides an introduction to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology and serves as excellent preparation for students pursuing careers in any health profession, professions in education including early, elementary, and special education.

Completion of the minor, together with a well-rounded undergraduate education, provides the prerequisite courses for application to graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.


  • Gain understanding of the importance of communication across the life span
  • Complete an undergraduate minor that fulfills the prerequisites applications to graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology
  • Opportunities to observe professional clinicians
  • Develop close mentoring relationships with your professors
  • Prepare for any career in education, medicine, dentistry, allied health including occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant, or psychology


Entry-level practice in speech-language pathology or audiology requires graduate degree completion. The undergraduate minor allows students to explore their interest in pursuing graduate education in audiology or speech-language pathology through exposure to the professions, opportunities to observe professionals in each discipline, and completion of the foundation courses in communication disorders to prepare for application to graduate programs.

School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

The minor in communication sciences and disorders is part of the College of Education's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which also offers a post-baccalaureate preparation program and a master's degree in speech-language pathology.

CSD Minor Planned Program (pdf)

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing this minor will have developed:

  1. Knowledge and critical thinking about basic human communication and swallowing processes including knowledge of:
    • Anatomy and physiology of speech, language, and swallowing, and
    • Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology related to speech, language, cognition, balance, and swallowing, and
    • Typical speech sound production (phonetics) and the transcription of both typical and disordered speech, and
    • Acoustic and physiological analysis of typical and disordered speech production, and
    • Typical speech and language development, and
    • Typical hearing and the interaction and interdependence of speech, language, and hearing, and
  2. Understanding of the scope of speech-language pathology and audiology practice, and speech and hearing science, as well as
  3. Introductory knowledge of principles of prevention, assessment,and intervention of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders across the life span .