The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in communication sciences and disorders is blended with the Mount’s broad liberal arts foundation to prepare students for a variety of careers. The curriculum integrates a sequence of interdisciplinary courses designed to provide a thorough understanding of normal human communication processes in children and adults, in addition to various disorders associated with these processes.


A master’s degree is the entry-level degree for professional clinical practice in speech-language pathology, as graduate studies are focused on the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. Thus, for many students, an undergraduate major in communication sciences and disorders is a pre-professional degree. The program incorporates guided clinical opportunities where students can gain the skills and experiences needed for admission and success in graduate studies.

As a part of the School of Health Sciences, the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an in-depth curriculum of courses, clinical observation hours, and a senior seminar.


  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech/Hearing
  • Neuroscience & Communication Behavior
  • Phonetics and Linguistics
  • Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech-Language Development
  • Theoretical Perspectives and Foundations in Literacy


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for speech-language pathologists is expected to increase 21 percent by 2024. Professionals in the field of communication disorders work in a variety of settings and industries, including medicine, education, and research.

In addition to speech-language pathology, this major also offers a strong foundation for careers in fields such as:

  • Audiology
  • Child development
  • Special education
  • Early intervention
  • School counseling
  • Education material development and promotion
  • Other health related professions.

Depending on the state, graduates with a bachelor’s degree can apply for licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLP-A). This license allows them to work under the direction of a certified, master’s level speech-language pathologist in a variety of education and health-related settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, clinics, and in private practice.

Darla Vale
Dean, School of Health Sciences

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