Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders


  • CD153 - Images of the Disabled (4 Credits)
    Studies how the disabled are portrayed in film, theatre, and literature in contrast with the realities of society. Examines the issue of disability as a culture.
    Instructor: Nancy J. Allen
  • CD162 - American Sign Language 1 (4 Credits)
    Introduces American Sign Language and American deaf culture. Students learn commonly used signs and basic rules of grammar. The course also explores information related to the deaf community, interaction between deaf and hearing people, and deaf education.
  • CD193 - Introduction to Communication Disorders (4 Credits)
    Provides an overview of the variety of communication disorders affecting children and adults from clinical, education, social, and political perspectives. Students learn to use professional terminology to describe clinical sessions during in-class guided observations. Guest speakers include speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and professionals from related fileds.
    Instructor: Lisa Wisman Weil
  • CD201 - Language Acquisition (4 Credits)
    Explores the theoretical and practical aspects of the language learning process and its relation to other aspects of cognitive and social development. Includes discussion of the development of speech and language skills throughout the life span, from birth to adulthood.
    Instructor: Lisa Wisman Weil
  • CD208 - American Sign Language 2 (4 Credits)
    Continues to expand on receptive and expressive skills in ASL with emphasis on developing use of classifiers and the role of spatial relationships.
  • CD233 - Phonetics (4 Credits)
    Studies the various aspects of speech sounds and their production with a focus on articulatory, acoustic, and linguistic bases. Students learn to discriminate, analyze, and transcribe speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The relevance of course content to clinical and other applications is discussed as students learn to use the IPA to transcribe the speech of individuals with communicative impairments and different social dialects and accents. This course may be of special interest to students interested in acting, radio, and/or television broadcasting.
    Instructor: Lisa Lavoie
  • CD234 - Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology (4 Credits)
    Studies the structure of the biological systems that underlie speech, language, and hearing with an emphasis on the processes and neural control of respiration, phonation, resonance, and articulation. Clinical disorders are used to elucidate dysfunction of these normal processes as substrates for human communication.
    Instructor: Alisa Ruggiero
  • CD309 - American Sign Language 3 (4 Credits)
    A continuation of American Sign Language II. Students continue to expand different grammatical features of time signs and some different forms of inflecting verbs. In addition, students continue to develop conversational strategies in asking for clarification, agreeing, disagreeing, and hedging.
  • CD312 - Survey of Speech Disorders (4 Credits)
    Provides students with a basic understanding of speech disorders including articulation and phonology, voice, fluency, neurogenic disorders, and dysphagia. Issues related to assessment and intervention are addressed. Integration of information from the literature into class discussion and written assignments is expected. Students observe diagnostic and therapy sessions toward completion of the 25 hours required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They become familiar with clinical terminology and its use in written assignments.
    Instructor: Crystle Alonzo
  • CD313 - Survey of Language Disorders (4 Credits)
    Provides students with a basic understanding of disorders of human communication associated with developmental and acquired language disorders in children and adults. Assessment and intervention are addressed. Students observe diagnostic and therapy sessions toward completion of the 25 hours required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a writing-intensive course in which students write a major term paper with revisions and learn to use the APA writing conventions.
  • CD315 - Autism (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to autism spectrum disorder, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of individuals with this diagnosis, from first person accounts, society?s perspective, and expert opinion. Students cover the ongoing debate over possible causes for this complex developmental disorder and discuss both historical treatment ideas, such as the Refrigerator Mother theory, and contemporary advances in diagnostic and treatment approaches. Students use case studies, videos, and research literature to better understand this social communication disorder.
    Instructor: Ruth Grossman
  • CD321 - Talk About Communication (0 Credit)
    Students will participate in at least three journal club meetings to discuss research literature on communication sciences and disorders and related fields within a supportive co-curricular structure and supervised by a CSD faculty member. Students will also attend at least two special CSD events (i.e. guest lecture, clinical case rounds, film screenings) that include faculty-student discussions on the topic at hand. Through these activities, students will gain exposure to research, clinical practice, and community implications of communication disorders that will complement CSD coursework. To enhance their thoughtful participation, students will produce a portfolio of articles reviewed during journal club, one reflection paper for each special event, and an attendance log, signed by the course instructor. May be repeated. Only 4 non-tuition credits may be used toward graduation.
  • CD400 - Clinical Foundations (4 Credits)
    Introduces the clinical process and methodology that underlie observation, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders in children and adults. Students learn to plan and execute a therapy session with a selected client. Clinical writing skills are developed through a variety of written assignments such as treatment plans, data collection and analysis, and progress notes.
  • CD403 - Speech Science (4 Credits)
    Explores physiological, acoustic, and cognitive processes involved in speech production and perception. Instrumentation is also covered so that students can infer acoustic properties of the voicing and resonance features of speech sounds displayed on sound spectrograms.
    Instructor: Amit Bajaj
  • CD409 - American Sign Language 4 (4 Credits)
    A continuation of American Sign Language III. Students continue to expand knowledge and use of advanced grammatical features and further develop conversational abilities.
  • CD467 - Introductory Audiology (4 Credits)
    Includes detailed anatomy of the ear with an overview of the physics of sound and current medical and audiologic management of hearing loss. Covers pure tone and speech audiometry, site-of-lesion testing, and audiogram interpretation.
    Instructor: Nicole Laffan
  • CD468 - Aural Rehabilitation (4 Credits)
    Examines theories underlying habilitation and rehabilitation procedures for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults. Covers the effects of hearing loss on an individual and family, education of children with hearing loss, use of sensory aids, and design of aural rehabilitation programs for various populations.
    Instructor: Cathy Bakkensen
  • CD600 - Intro to Clinical Methods (1 Credit)
    Required for graduate students from undergraduate fields other than communication disorders and provides an introduction to clinical practice. Through class discussion, required observation of clinical work, and community screenings, students begin to understand the dynamic interactions between clients and clinicians.
    Instructor: Betsy Micucci
  • CD601 - Clinical Methods I (1 Credit)
    Following the completion of observation hours, students learn beginning assessment procedures, treatment strategies, and clinical writing skills. The course covers policies and procedures pertinent to general clinical performance with a focus on infant, toddler and preschool assessment and treatment experiences. This course must be passed prior to enrolling in CD 602.
    Instructor: Betsy Micucci
  • CD602 - Clinical Methods II (1 Credit)
    Students learn assessment, intervention and documentation for communication disorders often seen in the school-aged population (grades Kindergarten through High School) Pertinent public policies related to work within a school setting are integrated into course material . This course must be passed prior to enrolling in CD 603.
    Instructor: Sandy Cohn Thau
  • CD603 - Clinical Methods III (1 Credit)
    In this course, students learn about assessment, intervention, and documentation with various communication disorders associated with adults and aging. Additional topics include health care reimbursement, public policy, health literacy, and the role of other team members in adult settings.
    Instructor: Laura Glufling-Tham
  • CD604 - Clinical Methods IV (1 Credit)
    This course focuses on the transition from graduate school to professional practice. Topics include prevention of communication disorders across the lifespan, resume writing, interviewing skills, supervision, career settings and professional issues.
  • CD605 - Clinical Practicum (1 Credit)
    As students progress through the program, they are assigned to a variety of clinical opportunities both on and off campus. Students enroll in CD 605 for a minimum of five semesters.
    Instructor: Sandy Cohn Thau
  • CD609 - Research Methods and Measurements (3 Credits)
    Teaches students how to use various pieces of research (potentially complex or even contradictory) to guide evidence?based clinical practice. Students learn how to formulate relevant clinical research questions, what prior research is appropriate to answer those questions, and how to find and interpret the relevant literature. Finally, students become proficient in identifying applications and limitations of that literature for clinical decision-making. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, synthesis of information, and clear written and oral expression.
    Instructor: Rhiannon J. Luyster
  • CD623 - Fluency Disorders (3 Credits)
    Explores the nature of stuttering from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Cluttering and neurogenic and psychogenic stuttering are also examined. Procedures for evaluating and treating/managing stuttering among children and adults are emphasized.
    Instructor: Amit Bajaj
  • CD635 - Speech Sound Disorders (3 Credits)
    Presents normative and theoretical perspectives on speech sound development as well as assessment and treatment of the disorders of articulation and phonology. General treatment strategies and specific treatment programs are emphasized. Research in evidence-based practice is highlighted.
  • CD641 - Dysphagia (3 Credits)
    Presents a survey of swallowing and swallowing disorders that occur from infancy through adulthood and old age. Feeding and swallowing mechanisms and processes are addressed as well as an overview of assessment procedures and management options.
    Instructor: Gary D. Gramigna
  • CD642 - Autism: Social Communication Development and Disorder (3 Credits)
    Introduces students to the development of social communication skills in children, as well as the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Class covers theories of social communication development, and the timing of related milestones in childhood and adolescence. The impact of social communication deficits on language, cognition and peer relationships across the lifespan are discussed. Finally, the course reviews empirically-supported treatments for autism and related disorders.
  • CD645 - Language and Literacy Disabilities (3 Credits)
    Focuses on the relationship between spoken and written language and its role in language-based learning disabilities in school-age students. It addresses the characteristics of language, reading, and spelling impairments; the subtypes of these disorders; and the different intervention approaches used with them. Various models of language and reading development and their disorders are reviewed.
  • CD650 - Motor Speech Disorders (3 Credits)
    Students learn the etiology, assessment, differential diagnosis, and principles of rehabilitation of speech production disorders in individuals with acquired neuropathologies. Information is presented in the context of speech production theory and (where appropriate) of the neurological disease of which the speech disorder is a symptom.
    Instructor: Alisa Ruggiero
  • CD666 - Continuing Student Status (1 Credit)
    Students who have completed all clinical and academic requirements for the degree except for the comprehensive examination must register for 1 credit of CD 666 Continuing Student Status in order to be graduated.
  • CD677 - Voice Disorders (3 Credits)
    Addresses the characteristics, etiology, evaluation, and clinical management of voice disorders and associated pathological conditions in both children and adults. Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of voice and speech production are reviewed.
    Instructor: Glenn Bunting
  • CD680 - Neurologic Bases of Communication (3 Credits)
    Outlines the anatomy and functional neurophysiology of human communication and provides an overview of neurodevelopment and its processes and disorders. Although the organization of the human nervous system is presented, emphasis is placed on the relationship of this organization to the components of the various communicative, cognitive, linguistic, sensory, and motor processes that are central to human communication and to the treatment of its disorders.
    Instructor: Ruth Grossman
  • CD684 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3 Credits)
    Provides an overview of augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC) and the process of selecting and implementing these systems for children and adults. The first section of the course concerns the basic processes of AAC: messages, symbols, alternative access, assessment and intervention planning. The second section describes issues related to people with developmental disabilities who require AAC services. The third section focuses on AAC for people with acquired communication disabilities.
    Instructor: Joanne Lasker
  • CD686 - Preschool Language Disorders (3 Credits)
    Examines current perspectives in defining, assessing, and intervening with children with language disturbances from infancy through the preschool years. In addition, issues surrounding older individuals with language functioning in the preschool developmental age range are described. Particular attention is given to assessment and intervention techniques for children and individuals at pre-linguistic, emerging language, and conversational language levels. Additional considerations include multicultural issues, working with caregivers and peers, non-speech communication alternatives, and the diverse roles played by speech-language pathologists.
    Instructor: Kelly Farquharson
  • CD687 - Comprehensive Exams (0 Credit)
    Comprehensive Exams
  • CD689 - Audiology in Speech-Language Pathology (3 Credits)
    Provides students with audiological information relevant to the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists. Basic testing and screening techniques, interpretation of audiometric results, and habilitative and rehabilitative methods are discussed with reference to the current literature.
  • CD690 - Aphasia (3 Credits)
    Pathophysiology, epidemiology, and prevention of aphasia, its nature, assessment, and diagnostic procedures, and approaches to intervention are presented. Issues surrounding recovery and prognosis, and treatment efficacy and outcome are also included. All areas are presented with reference to the current literature in the field and to its clinical application.
  • CD692 - Cognitive Communicative Disorders (3 Credits)
    Communication disorders consequent to dementing processes, closed head injury, and damage to the right cerebral hemisphere are covered. Pathology, assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment are addressed with reference to the current literature.
    Instructor: Amy Litwack