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

 

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS) 

Faculty
Lynette Austin, Assistant Professor
Terry Baggs, Assistant Professor
Denise Barnett, Instructor
Brenda Bender, Associate Professor
MaLesa Breeding, Professor
D’Lyla Kirby, Assistant Professor

 

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 Science degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Introduction

The goal of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare students
to pursue graduate study in communication disorders (e.g., speech-language pathology or audiology). Four years of undergraduate education, followed by at least two additional years of graduate study are required to practice as a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are required by most states to earn a graduate 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.

Additional Admission Requirements
The declaration of communication disorders as a major does not ensure admission to the communication sciences and disorders program. In addition to the requirements for all degrees (see the General Education Requirements section of this catalog), the student must apply for and be granted admission to the communication sciences and disorders program before taking courses beyond the first 9 hours in the degree program (COMP 225, 235, 330).

The following accomplishments are required for admission: 

     • Be enrolled in or have completed ≥45 semester hours of credit towards the degree at ACU;
     • Have a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75;
     • Complete the first 9 semester hours in the major with a 3.0 GPA (COMP 225COMP 235,
        COMP 330).

Information on applying for admission to the program is given to all students when they declare their major. The deadline for application is the 10th week of the semester in which the student anticipates completing the initial 9 hours of the degree program (COMP 225, 235, 330).

Other Departmental Requirements
In order to remain in the program in communication sciences and disorders, a student must:

     • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or better;
     • Have a "C" or better in all majors classes.

Students who do not continue to meet the above requirements will be dropped from COMP classes until such time as the requirements are met. Any exemptions or modifications to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the faculty.

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. 

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COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (BS)

BS: 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 .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature...........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 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, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
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 Articulation and Phonologic Disorders (writing-intensive course) ..............

     COMP 357 Organic and Neurogenic Disorders ........................................................

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

     COMP 480 Clinical 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 ..........................
     Choose one from: COMS 345, SOCI 442, or SOCW 328 .........................................

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 ...................................................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

2.75

33

128

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



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