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JMU Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Description of the Major | Degrees Offered | Concentrations | Minors |
Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major

Description of the Major

The major is a part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, an academic unit within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies.

The communication sciences and disorders major is designed to provide students with pre-professional preparation essential to pursuing graduate work in speech-language pathology or audiology. Graduate degrees at the masters or doctoral level are necessary to work as speech-language pathologists or audiologists. These individuals work as professionals to assist people who have communication disorders; teachers, clinical supervisors and/or researchers in universities; administrators and leaders in healthcare or educational settings.

Research is essential in order to understand more about how humans communicate and the problems that can interfere with their communication. The major encourages students to become involved in research, provides them with opportunities to pursue honors projects and honors theses, and encourages students to attend and present their research work with the student's faculty mentor at regional and national conferences.

There is a nationwide shortage of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, so they are in strong demand for jobs. Communication sciences and disorders provides an excellent background for students who want to pursue careers in related areas such as special education, deaf education, medicine, or dentistry and offers an exciting and fascinating course of study for students who simply wish to study the area as a major.

Degrees Offered

B.A.

B.S.

Concentrations

None

Minors

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Communication Science and Disorders major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the Communication Science and Disorders department head in Health and Human Services building, room 1127.

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Students must complete CSD 207, CSD 208 and CSD 209 each with a grade of C or better to proceed to the 300 level coursework in communication sciences and disorders.