Majors & Programs

Communication Disorders (BS)

Help people find their voice through Emerson’s renowned speech pathology program.

A major in Communication Disorders leads to what many students want most in life: options. With this degree, graduates can enable people to adapt to life after injury, help children overcome learning disabilities, teach seniors to speak after a stroke, and train adults to do a job no one thought they could do. 

The possibilities are endless—but the outcome is the same: Our graduates have the ability to improve lives.

If you choose this major, your academic experiences will be exciting and varied: You will study typical and impaired speech, language, and hearing among children and adults, both in structure and function. You will take courses in psychology, American Sign Language, statistics, and science to provide a broad perspective on the social and scientific dimensions of communication. And you will have the unique opportunity to master your skills by working and observing sessions in Emerson’s on-campus clinic for both children and adults, the Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center—or by interning for credit at one of many schools, hospitals, or clinics right in the Boston area (and beyond).

Our Communication Disorders BS can prepare you for a paraprofessional role in audiology and speech pathology. Or it may steer you toward graduate study in audiology, speech-language pathology, education, or psychology. You will graduate from the program ready for a meaningful and rewarding career, no matter which path you choose.