Communication Sciences and Disorders Major (B.S.)

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major (B.S.)
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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.


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.


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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.

 Suggested Course Sequence

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

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

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

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
and Neurology Lab
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 reviewed on October 15th and March 15th. Acceptance into CSD is dependent upon space and the applicant's academic credentials.

Before applying, it is recommended that you review the degree plan.

Internal Transfer students

  • 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. 

Explore Program Details

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.

Office of Admissions

CSD welcomes internal transfer applicants. Prior to submitting an application, students are encouraged to review the major requirements and the CSD suggested course schedule. If accepted, every effort will be made to help transfer students stay on track for their intended graduation date, but this is not guaranteed.


1. A GPA of 3.0 or higher.
2. Students with a Cumulative GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but must meet an additional requirement of a final grade of B or above in COMM 420 prior to an acceptance decision.
3. Each application is reviewed on an individual basis. Exceptions to the guidelines may occur at the discretion of the Undergraduate Committee.
4. The deadlines for submitting applications are as follows:
     March 1 (for fall semester start)
     October 1 (for spring semester start)

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