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 .
Major or Minor Offered?: 

An endowed faculty grant allowed Pacific University Associate Professor Rik Lemoncello to launch the project of his dreams: a bakery that helps people with traumatic brain injuries return to work and fun. Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop opened in Summer 2017, offering hands-on experience for students in Pacific's speech-language pathology program.

She succeeds founding director Marty Fischer, who is retiring after five years at the helm.
Clinical Assistant Professor

I am delighted to join the College of Education as an assistant professor of clinical education in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Most recently, I worked as a speech-language pathologist with elementary school-age children in a public school system in Oregon. Prior to relocating to Oregon, I earned my Master’s and Doctoral degree in speech and language sciences at Ohio University.

Assistant Professor

Amanda Stead is an assistant professor in the College of Education in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Assistant Professor

Eric Sanders researches the study of language and literacy for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Caitlin McDonnell is passionate about medical speech-language pathology with a special interest in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Associate Professor

Dr. Mandulak is a professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the graduate speech-language pathology program.

Associate Professor

Rik Lemoncello is passionate about teaching and clinical practice in the area of adult medical speech-language pathology.

Student Services Manager

Shesna Calkins is the Student Services Manager in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.