Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication Disorders (BS)

Jennifer Stanis appreciates opportunity she finds in Boston

Communication Sciences & Disorders major Jennifer Stanis observes graduate student work in the Robbins Center, a clinic at Emerson College. (Filmed and edited by Emerson College students.)

The BS in Communication Disorders program will prepare you for paraprofessional employment in the fields of audiology and speech pathology or graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, or related areas. You may combine your interests in health and liberal arts with minors in Psychology and/or Science or combine your interests in health and communication by completing a minor in Health Communication, Political Communication, Journalism, Leadership & Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, or Management Communication.

Transfer students entering Emerson later than the first semester of their junior year should expect to enroll for at least an additional term to meet degree requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Courses for the Undergraduate CD Major

Freshman Year
CD 162 American Sign Language I
CD 193 Introduction to Communication Disorders
Sophomore Year
CD 233 Phonetics
CD 234 Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology
CD 301 Language Acquisition
Junior Year
CD 312 Survey of Speech Disorders
CD 313 Survey of Language Disorders
Senior Year
CD 403 Speech Science
CD 467 Introductory Audiology
CD 468 Aural Rehabilitation

Students majoring in CD are advised to take the following courses to fulfill their General Education requirements and/or satisfy the academic requirements for their future certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

MT 207 Statistics
PS 333 Developmental Psychology
CD 153 Images of the Disabled
One Biological Science course: 4 credits
One Physical Science course: 4 credits

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