Communication Sciences and Disorders

    

Contact Information
Brenda Bender, Chair  
ACU Box 28058
Abilene, Texas 79699-8058
Don Morris Center, Room 126

Phone: 325-674-2074
Fax: 325-674-2552
Email: brenda.bender@acu.edu
Web: acu.edu/comm/disorders

Faculty
Lynette Austin, Assistant Professor
Terry Baggs, Assistant Professor
Denise Barnett, Assistant Professor
Brenda Bender, Associate Professor
MaLesa Breeding, Professor
Diana Taylor, Assistant Professor


Major: 
Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS) 

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 Sciences and 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 Communication Sciences and Disorders program, 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)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Communication

    COMP 225 Phonetics  

    COMP 235 Introduction to Speech Pathology  

    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 381 Anatomical and Physiology Processes of Communication

    COMP 419 Speech Science

    COMP 471 Speech-Language Pathology in the Schools

    COMP 480 Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology  

    COMP 493 Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology  

    COMP 494 Advanced Clinical Practice in Communication Disorders  

    COMP 485 CSD Capstone

    Choose one from: COMS 345, SOCW 328 

One Research Tool

    Choose from: IS 322; SOCI 415, 416; PSYC 311  

TOTAL  

 

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

48

 ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Science

    BIOL 101 Biology – Human Perspective  

    Choose 3 hrs physical science from AENV 130, CHEM 101,

         GEOL 111, PHYS 101, PHYS 102, PHYS 110 

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

 

(3)¹

0

ELECTIVES  
Minimum          23-24
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS                  72
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade for each course in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

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

C

2.75

33

128

 

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.

 

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