JMU Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
The communication sciences and disorders major is designed to provide you 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 you to become involved in research, provides you with opportunities to pursue honors projects and honors theses, and encourages you to attend and present your research work with your 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.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the communication science and disorders major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the Communication Science and Disorders department head in Health and Human Services building, room 1127.
Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.