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Communication Sciences and Disorders (Concentration)

The Communication Sciences and Disorders concentration prepares students for graduate studies in the fields of speech language pathology or audiology.

For students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the fields of speech-language pathology or audiology, the department of human services and rehabilitation studies offers a concentration in communication sciences and disorders.

In accordance with American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) standards the program builds on Assumption’s strong liberal arts foundation with courses specifically focused on human communication, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, as well as biological and physical sciences. The concentration in communication sciences and disorders is a program offered through the Health and Human Services Department. For those students who have completed all required courses in the CSD concentration and 20 hours of clinical observation under a licensed speech-language pathologist, you can secure a license as a speech-language pathology assistant in the state of Massachusetts. Other states have different licensing requirements, therefore, students who are interested in becoming assistants outside of Massachusetts should look into licensing requirements for the state in which they plan to work.

Program Contact

Alison J. Myette, MS, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor of Practice, Human Services
508-767-7234 Switzer Building - Room 115

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Students concentrating in Communication Sciences and Disorders must take 7 courses specific to the field, as well as 6 courses in related disciplines.

    Required Courses
    HUS 225 Introduction to Human Communication and its Disorders (Spring)
    HUS 335 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (Fall)
    HUS 235 Normal Development of Speech and Language (Fall)
    HUS 325 Clinically Based Phonetics of American English (Spring)
    HUS 415 Hearing Science (Spring)
    HUS 416 Introduction to Audiology (Fall)
    HUS 425 Speech Science (Spring)
    Other Required Courses
    PSY 190 Psychology of Development: Infancy and Childhood

    1 course in general statistics

    1 additional course in the Behavioral Sciences

    1 Mathematics Course (MAT 114 or higher)

    *1 Biology Course

    *1 general Physics or General Chemistry Course

    *(note: one natural science course must be taken with a lab)

    Recommended but not Required Coursework
    HUS 227 Hearing and Deafness
    HUS 228 Introduction to Sign Language
    HUS 329 Sign Language II
    Speech-Language Pathology Assistant License

    Students who complete all of the concentrations required courses as well as 20 hours of clinical practice under a licensed Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist, can apply for a license as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant in the state of Massachusetts. Other states may have different licensing requirements. Therefore, students who are interested in becoming Assistants outside of Massachusetts should look into licensing requirements for the state they plan to work in.

    Course Descriptions

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