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 master's education program in speech-language pathology at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
The Department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The degree requires 128 semester hours; there are 45 semester hours in the major with a minimum of 26 elective hours which allows students to select a minor or an area of emphasis.
Undergraduate Program Outcomes
- Know the basic human communication processes pertaining to normal and abnormal development across the life span.
- Recognize basic communication needs of individuals with communication disorders.
- Possess skill in oral, written, and other forms of communication sufficient for entry into a graduate program.
- Demonstrate moral and ethical conduct as viewed through a Christian world perspective.