Communication Sciences and Disorders Major (B.S.)

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major (B.S.)

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WHAT IS COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS?

A major in communication sciences and disorders provides students with a foundation for careers helping children and adults to overcome difficulties related to speech, language and hearing. In this program, students learn about how the ability to communicate develops –including how the brain and the speech and hearing mechanisms function to support the acquisition of speech, language, social communication and cognition. Students review the array of communication disorders that can affect individuals over a lifetime, learning about diagnosis and treatment. This pre-professional degree will prepare you to successfully enter clinical or research graduate programs in areas such as audiology, speech-language pathology, cognitive science or education.

WHY STUDY COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS AT UNH?

As a student in the communication sciences and disorders program at UNH, you will learn about speech, language and hearing disorders through engagement in coursework, clinical observation and research. Approximately 60 students per year are accepted into the program and this class size allows students to develop close connections with their peers as well as the faculty. Faculty have diverse professional and academic backgrounds and are committed to providing a supportive learning environment. Students are encouraged to fully engage in the university community and to take advantage of the organizations, study abroad programs, athletics and other opportunities available to them.

POTENTIAL CAREERS

  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Special education teacher
  • Teacher of the deaf
  • Cognitive scientist
  • Neuroscientist

Contact

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2110
Email: csd.department@unh.edu

  • Hometown: Bridgewater, MA Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduation Year: 2020 Looking back on your time at UNH so far, what are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of the fact that I am still graduating on time while taking two semesters off during my sophomore year of college...
    Hometown: Bridgewater, MA Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduation Year: 2020 Looking back on your time at UNH so far, what are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of the fact that I am still graduating on time while taking two semesters off during my sophomore year of college...

Curriculum & Requirements

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders. Communication Sciences and Disorders is the profession devoted to assessing and treating disorders, delays, or differences in speech, language, and hearing. In this program, students study how the ability to communicate develops as well as review an array of communication disorders that can affect individuals across the lifespan. Students learn about speech, language, and hearing through a unique model of education, observation, and research. This pre-professional degree will prepare you to successfully enter clinical or research graduate programs in areas such as audiology, speech-language pathology, cognitive science, or education.

Candidates for a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must satisfy all departmental as well as UNH Discovery and Writing Intensive requirements.

 Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
COMM 420 Survey of Communication Disorders 4
PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology 4
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 0-4
LING 405 Introduction to Linguistics 4
 Credits12-16
Spring
MATH 420 Finite Mathematics 0-4
PHYS 409 Investigating Physics 4
 Credits4-8
Second Year
Fall
COMM 521 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 4
COMM 524 Clinical Phonetics 4
COMM 401 American Sign Language I 4
PSYC 402 Statistics in Psychology 4
 Credits16
Spring
COMM 636 Speech and Hearing Science 4
COMM 522 Language Acquisition 4
PSYC 581 Child Development 4
 Credits12
Third Year
Fall
COMM 504 Basic Audiology 4
KIN 706
KIN 707
Neurology
and Neurology Lab
6
 Credits10
Spring
COMM 610 Fact, Fiction, Fraud: Evaluating Motivations, Claims, and Evidence 4
 Credits4
Fourth Year
Fall
COMM 741 Speech-Language Pathology I 4
COMM 723 Observation Skills in Speech-Language Pathology 2
COMM 724 Senior Capstone 4
 Credits10
Spring
COMM 742 Speech-Language Pathology II 4
COMM 705 Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation 4
 Credits8
 Total Credits76-84

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all COMM courses.

Required Courses
COMM 401American Sign Language I4
PSYC 401Introduction to Psychology4
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
LING 405Introduction to Linguistics4
PHYS 409Investigating Physics4
COMM 420Survey of Communication Disorders4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
COMM 504Basic Audiology4
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
COMM 521Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms4
COMM 522Language Acquisition4
COMM 524Clinical Phonetics4
PSYC 581Child Development4
COMM 610Fact, Fiction, Fraud: Evaluating Motivations, Claims, and Evidence4
COMM 636Speech and Hearing Science4
COMM 705Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation4
KIN 706
KIN 707
Neurology
and Neurology Lab
6
COMM 723Observation Skills in Speech-Language Pathology (satisfies 25 Observation Hours)2
COMM 724Senior Capstone4
COMM 741Speech-Language Pathology I4
COMM 742Speech-Language Pathology II4
Total Credits84
 

CSD welcomes transfer students. We are committed to helping you keep to your intended graduation timeline; however, this is dependent upon what courses you have completed before transfer. UNH undergraduates who have not declared a major and/or are interested in transferring into communication sciences and disorders (CSD) should apply directly to the department by completing an internal transfer application.  Transfer applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Acceptance into CSD is dependent upon space and the applicant's academic credentials.

Before applying, it is recommended that you review the CSD suggested course schedule.
 

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For any questions regarding CSD curriculum please email the department at csd.department@unh.edu

  • The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) undergraduate curriculum aligns with the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) standards.
  • Students completing required COMM courses will have the foundational knowledge to meet ASHA standards.
  • Students completing required COMM courses will have the academic preparation to apply to either SLP or Audiology graduate programs. 
  • All CSD students will have a capstone experience which will allow them to integrate academic experiences.
  • Students will be introduced to evidence-based practice (EBP) as it relates to the professions of speech language pathology and audiology. 

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The UNH Office of Admissions reviews applications of all incoming Freshmen who wish to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Students are admitted to the program based on their academic records.  

The Office of Admissions website contains complete campus visit information and online visitor registration. It also contains admission criteria and important dates, as well as an online application.

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