Communication Disorders (BS)

Have you wondered how children develop the ability to talk? How do communication difficulties, such as stuttering, impact someone’s quality of life? How does someone regain their speech and language functions after a stroke?

The BS in Communication Disorders program will prepare you for a range of health— and healthcare related positions or graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, or related areas. Courses in psychology, American Sign Language, statistics, and science provide a broad perspective on the social and scientific aspects of human communication, giving you the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. It may also help develop your skills and knowledge to be able to work as a speech-language pathology assistant in a range of settings. You may also combine your interests in communication disorders with courses and minors in psychology or science, health communication, political communication, journalism, leadership management, entrepreneurship, management communication, or marketing.

Top 10 Reasons to Major in Communication Disorders

Applying to the Program

Transfer students can usually complete the coursework requirements for the major in 2 years. Individual cases vary and some transfer students will need to stay an additional semester or two to complete the degree requirements. Faculty advisors and the advising center work with all students to create a plan to successfully and efficiently complete the degree. You can get more information for transfer students here.

We reserve up to 5 seats in our on-campus graduate program for well-qualified Emerson Communication Disorders Majors. We strongly encourage current Emerson undergraduate students to apply via the early admission process. Applications are due in early November and applicants will be notified by December if they receive early admission. Details about how to apply via the early admission process can be found by scrolling down to "current undergraduate students" on the admissions application website.

Recommended Sequence of Required Courses for the Undergraduate CD Major

Freshman Year

Number Course Credits
CD 162 American Sign Language I 4
CD 193 Introduction to Communication Disorders: Diversity and Differences 4

Sophomore Year

Number Course Credits
CD 201 Language Acquisition 4
CD 233 Phonetics 4
CD 234 Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology 4

Junior Year

Number Course Credits
CD 312 Survey of Speech Disorders 4
CD 313 Survey of Language Disorders 4

Senior Year

Number Course Credits
CD 403 Speech Science 3
CD 467 Introductory Audiology 3
CD 468 Aural Rehabilitation 3

Students majoring in Communication Disorders are also advised to take four courses to satisfy the academic requirements for their future certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one each in statistics, biological sciences, physics or chemistry, and social/behavioral sciences.