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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Nicholas W. Bankson, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

Bankson, Bennett, Filter, O'Hare, C. Runyan

Associate Professors


Hinkle, S. Runyan, Ryals, Seal

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides undergraduate pre-professional and graduate professionally oriented course work and practicum experiences directed toward the comprehensive training of those interested in providing services to children and adults with disorders of communication. The principal objectives of the department include:

The department offers a pre-professional baccalaureate degree in communication sciences and disorders.

The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in speech pathology and the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in hearing disorders (audiology). Inquiries concerning these graduate programs should be directed to the dean of the Graduate School or the department head.

A master's degree is the minimum requirement for competency/certification endorsed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and for Virginia licensure in speech pathology or audiology. The university also requires a master's degree for its recommendation for Virginia teacher licensure.

The department emphasizes the importance of understanding the basic aspects of normal development of speech, language and auditory functions in order to deal competently with disorders of human communication. A learning by participation philosophy is reflected in clinical practicum experiences in the JMU Speech and Hearing Center, as well as in off-campus placements.

Speech and Hearing Center

The Speech and Hearing Center provides the following services for communicatively impaired individuals of the university community and its service area. Appointments for services may be made by any member of the university community and are free of charge to the university community.

Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
PSYC 102. General Psychology II                        3
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development                  3
PSYC 200. Psychological Statistics                     4
PSYC 315. Physiological Psychology                     3
SPA 200. Introduction to Speech and                    3
  Language Disorders
SPA 207. Speech Science I: Phonetics                   3
SPA 208. Speech Science II: Anatomy and                3
  Physiology of the Ear and Voice Mechanism
SPA 209. Speech Science III: Acoustics of              3
  Speech and Hearing
SPA 300. Children's Language                           3
SPA 301. Audiology                                     3
SPA 316. Organic Speech Disorders                      3
SPA 318. Aural Rehabilitation                          3
SPA 414. Phonological and Language Disorders           3
SPA 415. Introduction to Stuttering and                3
  Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SPA 470. Methods and Observation                       3
SPED 200. The Handicapped in Society                   3
Liberal studies courses                               41
Electives                                             30
                                                    ____
                                                     120

Minor

The minor program in communication sciences and disorders requires a minimum of 18 credit hours including SPA 200, Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders, and SPA 300, Children's Language.

Pre-professional Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.S. or B.A.[4] Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition [1]               6
Choose one from the following:                         3
  MATH 155 or 156. Functions and Probability 
    (three credits)
  MATH 205. Introductory Calculus I (three credits)
  MATH 220. Elementary Statistics (three credits)
PSYC 101. General Psychology I [1]                     3
PSYC 102. General Psychology II [1]                    3
Fine arts/aesthetics course [1]                        3
Mathematics course [1]                                 3
Natural science courses [1]                            6
Physical education/dance course [1]                    2
                                                    ____
                                                      29

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development [3] [4]          3
PSYC 200. Psychological Statistics                     4
SPA 200. Introduction to Speech and Language           3
  Disorders [3] [4]
SPA 207. Speech Science I: Phonetics [3] [4]           3
SPA 208. Speech Science II: Anatomy and                3
  Physiology of the Ear and Voice Mechanism [3] [4]
SPA 209. Speech Science III: Acoustics of              3
  Speech and Hearing [3] [4]
SPED 200. The Handicapped in Society                   3
History/civilization course [1]                        3
Philosophy/religion course [1]                         3
Social science elective (non-psychology)               3
                                                    ____
                                                      31

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
SPA 300. Children's Language                           3
SPA 301. Audiology [3] [4]                             3
SPA 316. Organic Speech Disorders [2] [3] [4]          3
SPA 318. Aural Rehabilitation [3] [4]                  3
History/civilization course [1]                        3
Literature course (non-United States) [1]              3
Oral communication course [1]                          3
Electives                                              9
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
PSYC 315. Physiological Psychology                     3
SPA 414. Phonological and Language Disorders [3] [4]   3
SPA 415. Introduction to Stuttering and                3
  Neuromotor Speech Disorders [2] [3] [4]
SPA 470. Methods and Observation [3] [4]               3
Electives                                             18
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                                                      30
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Notes:
[1]
Liberal studies course.
[2]
For students planning to receive a graduate degree in audiology, these courses are not required and are replaced by appropriate elective hours.
[3]
In order to be recommended for licensure to provide service in a public school setting, students must earn a grade of "C" or above in PSYC 160, as well as in SPA 200, 207, 208, 209, 301, 316, 318, 414, 415 and 470.
[4]
For a B.A. degree three credits in philosophy in lieu of mathematics course and six credits in foreign language courses in lieu of three-four credits in social or natural science courses.


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