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Communication Disorders
  • In the past decade, over 90 percent of graduates with a master’s degree have secured employment in the field within one year, with many students receiving offers from organizations where they previously gained clinical experience.
  • After graduating, students express that they were well qualified to enter a master’s program in communication disorders. As part of elective credits, undergraduate students have opportunities to participate in specialty clinics, field work, and independent study.
  • Communication disorders students are bright, dedicated, and genial. There are shared spaces in the department that encourage collaboration and socializing, and students participate in various groups with faculty advisors, including the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Autism Speaks, and American Sign Language Club.
  • Graduate students gain clinical experience in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center on campus as well as with a large and diverse group of organizations in education, medical, and health practice. In addition, graduate students are supported in pursuing research goals with a faculty mentor.
  • Communication disorders faculty are highly-qualified with diverse clinical backgrounds and research interests. Faculty members present at professional conferences, often with students, and most are professionally involved in community groups and/or national organizations.
  • The Communication Disorders Department laboratories and the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center facilities are well equipped with current technology, and there are plans underway to accommodate growth, department wide. The department utilizes innovative teaching methods including online and hybrid courses.
  • The Communication Disorders Department initiated the university’s most popular minor, Deaf Studies. The Deaf Studies program includes a study abroad program, and American Sign Language (ASL) is accepted for the language requirement for certain majors.