Communication Disorders, B.S.
Undergraduate Degree
Communication Disorders, B.S.
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Program Overview

Earning your bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders is a common pathway for advanced graduate study in audiology or speech language pathology. Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat individuals with articulation, language, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, social communication and swallowing disorders.

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Featured Courses
CD 239 - Phonetics
Introduction to articulatory phonetics; study of the International Phonetic Alphabet and practice in broad transcription of normal and disordered speech; discussion of social dialects.
CD 460 - Basic Audiology
Introduction to hearing disorders; examination of the auditory system, psychophysical processes and preferred practice procedures for assessment. Includes laboratory.
CD 424 - Diagnosis of Communication Disorders
Examination of assessment procedures for differential diagnosis of various communication disorders; a study of symptom complexes; interpretation of diagnostic data.
Program Highlights
Study Abroad to Earn College Credit

Clinical study abroad opportunities allow our students to travel to the Caribbean and work with agencies such as the Davon Port Hearing School, the Caribbean Centre for the Deaf and the Montego Bay Autism Center. Undergraduate students at Marshall can take a two-week course that allows them to obtain clinical hours while exploring the world and interacting with children who need speech therapy. Study abroad experiences are optional, and undergraduate and graduate students have traveled with faculty to countries like Jamaica and Uganda.

Specialized Training

Students learn from board-certified faculty, including a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and the only Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist in West Virginia.

Research and Clinical Experiences

Simulations are embedded in undergraduate courses that provide students a supportive environment to develop clinical skills and strategies for research. Students learn to engage in research by participating in the Community of Research Practice, Special Topics and Independent Studies and also travel regularly with faculty to both national and state conferences to present research, earning awards and recognition.

Students have the chance to observe within the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Centerand its specialty clinics as well as at Marshall Health facilities, including Cabell Huntington Hospital. A state-of-the-art recording and archiving system is utilized, which gives you the option to observe in real time or on demand.

Career Opportunities
Careers in this field offer an exciting variety of options in terms of work settings and populations to serve. The majority of employment positions are in the public schools and medical settings, and require a master's degree.
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Audiology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education/Deaf Education
  • Public Health/Healthcare Administration
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
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