The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences offers students a pre-professional major that focuses on the development and breakdown of speech, language, and hearing processes.
Courses focus on the nature and causes of communicative disorders, the techniques used to assess and diagnose speech, language, and hearing disorders,and the current methods and therapies used to remedy these problems.
The requirements for this major ensure that students obtain a foundation in basic human communication, assessment and prevention procedures, and appropriate intervention techniques.The breadth of the discipline and the range of its applications make communicative disorders and sciences appealing to students with interests in diverse areas such as linguistics, psychology, allied health professions, and those who desire a more practical application of theory and knowledge.
The two primary sub-fields in communicative disorders and sciences are Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. An undergraduate degree does not require that a student specialize in one of these sub-areas. This specialization is determined with entry to the required graduate program. All CDS majors take courses in both speech-language pathology and audiology and gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of both upon successful completion of the BA.
To apply to the department as a prospective Speech and Hearing Science major, you must have a minimum of 30 semester hours with at least a “C” average overall (2.0). In addition, you must have completed CDS 151, 286, and 288 with a combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better.
Requirements for Graduation - Speech and Hearing Science (SHS)
To graduate you must have earned an overall GPA of 2.5 in CDS courses. CDS courses with a grade of less than C- will not be acceptable for the departmental average requirement and must be retaken for a grade of C- or better. You are not allowed to elect S/U grading in department courses. The major includes 32 required credits that must be taken in the CDS department and 30 required credits to be taken outside the CDS department. Of the 32 credits of departmental courses, a minimum of 20 credits of CDS courses must be completed at UB.