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For students considering a career in speech-language pathology or audiology, this undergraduate major provides the scientific foundation required for graduate academic work and clinical training. This major may be a good match for you if you have an interest in understanding how we communicate, researching the normal or disordered processes in communication, and/or working clinically in the field of communication disorders with individuals with speech, language, hearing or swallowing deficits. The BA degree in Communication Science (CS) emphasizes the normal processes of speech, language and hearing, and also provides an introduction to the nature, cause and remediation of communication disorders across the lifespan. 

Bernard Rousseau, new CSD chairDepartment Chair Named

The Department of Communication Science and Disorders is excited to announce the September arrival of our new chair, Bernard Rousseau, PhD, MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow. Rousseau is currently associate vice chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology, and chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. Learn more.

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Learn more about the Communication Science program and how it prepares students for careers in audiologyspeech-language pathology and health care fields beyond Communication Science and Disorders.

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Students applying to the Communication Science Program must complete 60 credits with a minimum QPA of 2.75. Review detailed information on all admission requirements and application instructions here.

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The Communication Science curriculum offers students an introduction to the main career paths in Communication Science, including Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and a depth of speech, hearing and language production courses.