Communication Sciences and Disorders

Contact Information

Brenda Bender, Chair

ACU Box 28058

Abilene, Texas 79699-8058

Don Morris Center, Room 115


Phone: 325-674-2074

Fax: 325-674-2552

Email: brenda.bender@acu.edu

Web: www.acu.edu/comm/disorders

 

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Communication Sciences and Disorders (BA)

Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS) 

Faculty

Jon Ashby, Senior Faculty
Terry Baggs, Associate Professor

Denise Barnett, Instructor

Brenda Bender, Assistant Professor

MaLesa Breeding, Associate Professor

D’Lyla Kirby, Assistant Professor

 

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section
of this catalog. Courses offered by
 the Department of Communication Sciences
and Disorders include those with the
following designation: COMP.





The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Four years of undergraduate education in the basic sciences, followed by at least two additional years of clinical study are required to practice as a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Graduates of professional programs must also complete a Clinical Fellowship and pass a national examination before earning certification. Speech-language pathologists are required by most states to earn a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The graduate program in speech-language pathology at ACU is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation from ASHA.

  

Introduction

A communication disorder is anything that interferes with speech, language, or hearing. People with communication disorders comprise the largest population of Americans with disabilities. One in 10 Americans has some kind of communication disorder. To meet the needs of these people, speech-language pathologists use behavioral, cognitive, physiological, and technological procedures to assess and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders. Their work involves treating numerous communication and swallowing disorders including children with developmental delays, people who stutter, stroke survivors, and individuals who have progressive neurological diseases. Speech-language pathologists also provide instruction to others, such as actors and singers, in the preservation of their voices. Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings and collaborate with other professionals such as classroom teachers, physicians, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to the program in communication sciences and disorders, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

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COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (BA)

BA: COMMUNICATION DISORDERS DEGREE PLAN (COMP)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, environmental technology, geology,

          physics, NUTR 120 .........................................................................................

 

6

Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLGEFLLA, or FLSP 221, 222 .......................................................................6
Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Communication

     COMP 225 Voice and Phonetics .............................................................................

     COMP 235 Introduction to Speech Pathology ..........................................................

     COMP 319 Acoustics and Voice Science .................................................................

     COMP 330 Normal Language Development ............................................................

     COMP 352 Audiology ...........................................................................................

     COMP 353 Hearing Rehabilitation ..........................................................................

     COMP 356 Advanced Speech-Language Pathology I ...............................................

     COMP 357 Advanced Speech-Language Pathology II ..............................................

     COMP 480 Diagnostic Methods in Speech-Language Pathology .................................

     COMP 481 Anatomical and Physiology Processes of Communication .........................

     COMP 493 Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology ......................................

     COMP 494 Advanced Clinical Practice in Communication Disorders ..........................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................36
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................27
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (BS)

BS: COMMUNICATION DISORDERS DEGREE PLAN (COMP)

______________________________________________________________________

UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, environmental technology, geology,

          physics, NUTR 120 .........................................................................................

 

6

Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature or

          ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing .....................................................

 

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Communication

     COMS 345 Intercultural Communication ................................................................

     COMP 225 Voice and Phonetics .............................................................................

     COMP 235 Introduction to Speech Pathology ..........................................................

     COMP 319 Acoustics and Voice Science .................................................................

     COMP 330 Normal Language Development ............................................................

     COMP 352 Audiology ...........................................................................................

     COMP 353 Hearing Rehabilitation ..........................................................................

     COMP 356 Advanced Speech-Language Pathology I ...............................................

     COMP 357 Advanced Speech-Language Pathology II ..............................................

     COMP 471 Language and Learning Disabilities ........................................................

     COMP 480 Diagnostic Methods in Speech-Language Pathology .................................

     COMP 481 Anatomical and Physiology Processes of Communication .........................

     COMP 493 Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology ......................................

     COMP 494 Advanced Clinical Practice in Communication Disorders ..........................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................42
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
One Research Tool
     Choose from: IS 322; SOCI 415, 416; PSYC 311, 350 ............................................3-4
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................3-4
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................26
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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