Communication Sciences and Disorders
The minor in communication sciences and disorders provides a pathway to graduate programs in speech-language pathology, as well as in education and the health professions. The minor provides in-depth study of normal speech, language and hearing processes, as well as a background orientation to disorders of communication. It also provides the prerequisite courses for entry into Pacific’s master of speech-language pathology program.
- Complete an undergraduate minor that fulfills the prerequisites for the Pacific University master’s program in speech-language pathology
- Learn in clinical and academic settings
- Develop close mentoring relationships with your professors
- Prepare for a career helping people communicate at all stages of their lives
Students who complete the communication sciences and disorders minor are prepared for Pacific’s speech-language pathology master’s degree program, as well as for graduate studies or careers in audiology or special education. Speech-language pathology was ranked 14th among the top 25 professions in the United States by US News & World Report.
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 master's and post-baccalaureate degree in speech-language pathology.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing this minor will have developed:
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
- Introductory knowledge of the scope of speech-language pathology and audiology practice, and speech and hearing science, as well as
- Introductory knowledge of processes used in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders.