School of Health and Human Services


Mission Statement

The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is to educate individuals in the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent and ethical speech, language and hearing professionals, and to increase awareness of, and advocate for people with, communication disorders and differences.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is a nationally-accredited clinical training program with the potential of expanding to support the growing needs of people across the lifespan who have communication disorders.  According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate of audiologists and speech-language pathologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.

 In five years, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will:

  • Develop sustainable community partnerships;
  • Improve infrastructure to allow for expansion of clinical opportunities;
  • Diversify our student body;
  • Expand interprofessional and international collaborations to explore research and clinical interests of faculty and students; and
  • Explore opportunities and administrative support to collaborate with our two year institution partners in offering seamless pathways toward a speech-language pathology assistant degree.

Guiding Principles

  1. CAA accreditation
  2. Student-centered focus
  3. Evidence-based practice
  4. Active and applied learning
  5. Community service
  6. Interprofessional education and practice
  7. Global, cultural and linguistic diversity


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