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.

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
  2. Introductory knowledge of the scope of speech-language pathology and audiology practice, and speech and hearing science, as well as
  3. Introductory knowledge of processes used in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders.