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

  1. Know the basic human communication processes pertaining to normal and abnormal development across the life span.
  2. Recognize basic communication needs of individuals with communication disorders.
  3. Possess skill in oral, written, and other forms of communication sufficient for entry into a graduate program.
  4. Demonstrate moral and ethical conduct as viewed through a Christian world perspective.



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