The Communication Disorders concentration (Speech and Theatre major) located in the Health and Human Performance Department focuses on diagnosis and aid for those who have speech or hearing problems. It provides a foundation for students who wish to continue study at the graduate level to become certified as speech-language pathologists or audiologists or who wish to pursue other careers related to communication disorders.
Students pursuing the concentration in Communication Disorders must complete CDIS 3050 , CDIS 3150 , CDIS 3200 , CDIS 3260 , CDIS 3300 , CDIS 3350 , CDIS 3400 , CDIS 4500 , CDIS 4850 , CDIS 4900 , and either CDIS 3450 or CDIS 4800 . Students must also complete a minimum of 9 hours of supervised clinical practicum through enrollment in CDIS 4550-4650 and CDIS 4700-4730 and a minimum of 12 hours of guided electives. Prior to enrollment in clinical methods, students must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.60 in 60 credit hours or 3.00 in the last 30 credit hours, a minimum GPA of 2.80 in the major, and a minimal grade of C in each prerequisite course. To enroll in and continue clinical practicum, students must meet academic and professional eligibility criteria established by the faculty and published in the clinic manual. Academic criteria include the clinical methods GPA standards, mastery of phonetic features, and competence in speaking and writing. Students who do not receive a grade of B- or higher in both English composition courses (ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 ) will be required to take an additional English course to improve writing proficiency.