As an undergraduate student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, you will study the basics of the speech, language and hearing processes. In addition to the Bachelor of Science Degree, we offer a minor in American Sign Language and a concentration in Deaf Education.
In the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders, we seek to diagnose and treat a variety of speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders, improving communication while also improving quality of life. Our profession is dedicated to expanding people's abilities to express themselves. As a department, our mission is to integrate excellent academic and clinical training to promote the highest standards of practice and conduct for speech-language pathologists and individuals working in Deaf Education.
Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The major in Communication Sciences and Disorders emphasizes speech-language pathology and offers comprehensive education in the fundamental principles of the field. Students will be introduced to techniques and processes across a lifespan as well as the relationships between communication and culture, social skills, and cognitive ability.
Minor in Sign Language Interpreting
Students who minor in Sign Language Interpreting learn much about deaf people and their language. Employers often see this as a great asset for many jobs in this field.
Deaf Education Concentration
The Deaf Education concentration prepares students to teach children who are deaf and those with hearing disorders. It is a comprehensive program where students learn and experience a variety of approaches associated with educating deaf and hard of hearing children.
As a CSD major at Baylor, you will be exposed to a variety of disorders and career options within this profession. The experiences you receive will shape your future career path. Communication Sciences and Disorders degree programs prepare students to diagnose and treat a variety of hearing and speech-language disorders in children, the elderly, and adults. Students can anticipate careers as speech language pathologists or audiologists.
Common employment settings for people with CSD degrees include:
- Hospitals/Rehabilitation Centers
- Physicians' offices
- Speech, language, and hearing centers
- Home healthcare
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Residential facilities
- Private individual or group practice
- Preschool Agencies - ECI (Early Childhood Intervention)
CSD majors complete a number of required courses to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the field. These courses include:
- CSD 1308 Survey of Audiology and Speech Pathology
- CSD 2318 Language Development
- CSD 2351 Introduction to Phonological Science
- CSD 3308 Intro to Speech Sounds
- CSD 3357 Anatomy and Physiology
- CSD 3359 Neuroscience in Communication Science and Disorders
- CSD 4301 Introduction to Clinical Audiology
- CSD 4302 Language Disorders in Children
- CSD 4305 Technology and Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- CSD 4308 Disorders of Speech and Swallowing
- CSD 4352 Diagnostic Methods
- CSD 4358 Speech Science
- CSD 4362 Multicultural Populations in Speech Language Pathology
- CSD 4368 Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
- CSD 4477 Clinical Methods