Communication Sciences & Disorders

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Scott R. Youmans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Department Chair

Christie Turner
Department Secretary

B.S./M.S. in Communications Sciences and Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology

The B.S./M.S. in Communications Sciences and Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology (CSD) program is offered to new freshman, currently enrolled at the Brooklyn Campus. Students admitted to this track will have the opportunity to make a smooth transition from undergraduate pre-professional studies to graduate professional studies. Those who qualify for the special track and who remain in good standing are guaranteed an uninterrupted continuation into their graduate studies, ultimately earning a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. Although students begin taking graduate courses in their senior year, students requiring proficiency and skills courses may have a lengthened course of study.


Admission Criteria

Admission to the B.S./M.S. program is competitive and requires:
  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.2.
  • Completion of a high school program in liberal arts and sciences to include 4 units of English, 3 of math and 2 of science (biology and physics).
  • Satisfactory interview
  • Demonstration of English writing proficiency
Admissions Procedures

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • A completed application
  • Three academic letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
The CSD Admissions Committee will review applications. Those applicants meeting the above criteria may be invited to a personal interview and must demonstrate English writing proficiency.

Program Requirements

Academic Standing

In order to continue in the B.S./M.S. program, students must achieve a minimum grade of B+ in the following foundation courses:

  • SLP 100: Culture, Communication and Language I
  • SLP 104: Phonetics
  • SLP 113: Anatomy & Physiological Bases of Speech and Language I
  • SLP 125: Culture, Communication and Language II
  • SLP 133: Speech Science I

All students must maintain a 3.5 average with no grades lower than "B" in math, science, psychology and advanced SLP courses.

Students who receive a grade lower than a "B" in any course must retake that course.

Students may not retake more than one SLP course. If a student receives more than 1 grade below "B", the Academic Standing Committee will review his or her academic record and determine whether he or she will be permitted to continue in the B.S./M.S. program.

Students leaving the B.S./M.S. program may continue in the B.S. degree program in CSD as long as they meet the requirements for that program.

Summary of Master's Degree Graduation Requirements

Students may opt to complete either the Comprehensive Examination Option or the Research Option (as partial fulfillment of the M.S in Speech-Language Pathology):

  • Comprehensive Examination Option
Students take a comprehensive examination as part of the program and degree requirements. Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam during their last semester in the program. The comprehensive examination consists of questions about content from foundations and higher level courses. Students who fail the exam must be counseled by the department chairperson, directed toward remedial instruction, and should retake the exam. Students may take the
examination a maximum of four times.
  • Research Option
The research option requires a student to conduct empirical research on a topic relevant to communication sciences and disorders or dysphagia. Completion of the requirements here listed is in lieu of the comprehensive examination. The chosen topic may involve basic or clinically oriented research. The precise topic addressed will be developed by the student and guided by an advisor.


Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 6 credits
Philosophy 6 credits
Foreign Language 6 credits
Social Sciences
History 6 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 6 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Science 8 - 10 credits
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE) 3 credits
Ancillary Requirements
Following five (6) courses are required:
BIO 1 or 3  General Biology or Life: Its Origin, Maintenance, and Future 4.00
CS 101  Fundamentals of Computer Science 3.00
PHY 20 The Physical Universe 4.00
PSY 31 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3.00
PSY 110 Abnormal Psychology 3.00
TAL 251 Students with Special Needs 3.00
Two (2) foreign language courses (6 foreign language credits) are required.
One (1) of the following is required:
MTH 100 Introductory Statistics 3.00
PSY 150 Statistics in Psychology 3.00
Major Requirements
Following thirteen (13) courses must be taken:
SLP 100 Culture Communication and Language I 3.00
SLP 104 Phonetics 4.00
SLP 113 Anatomical and Physiological Bases for Speech and Language I 3.00
SLP 125 Culture Communication and Language II 3.00
SLP 133 Speech Science I 3.00
SLP 213 Anatomical and Physiological Bases for Speech and Language I 3.00
SLP 231 Language Acquisition Across the Lifespan I: The Early Years 3.00
SLP 233 Speech Science II 3.00
SLP 321 Audiology I - Hearing Science and Introduction to Audiology 3.00
SLP 331 Language Acquisition Across the Lifespan II: School Age Adolescence, and the Later Years 3.00
SLP 410 Introduction to Communication Disorders I 3.00
SLP 411 Introduction to Communication Disorders II 3.00
SLP 421 Audiology II - Aural Rehabilitation 3.00
Foundation courses (16 credits): (3 credits each)
SLP 601 Introduction to Research in Speech-Language Pathology
SLP 602 Advanced Language Acquisition
SLP 603 Bilingual/Multicultural Foundations I
SLP 606 Advanced Neuroanatomy for Speech-Language Pathology
SLP 608 Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology (1 credit)
SLP 620 Comparative Phonology and Phonological Disorders
Higher-Level Courses (40 credits): (3 credits each)
SLP 604 Bilingual/Multicultural Foundations II
SLP 605 Diagnostic Process
SLP 607 Advanced Clinical Audiology
SLP 609 Speech Science and Instrumentation
SLP 621 Fluency Disorders
SLP 622 Voice Disorders
SLP 626 Dysphagia
SLP 627 Motor Speech Disorders
SLP 630 Topics In Communication Disorders
SLP 639 PRAXIS Exam Preparation
SLP 640 Language Disorders in Children
SLP 641 Aphasia and Adult Neurogenic Disorders
SLP 642 Speech-Language-Hearing Service in Schools for Language/Learning Disabilities
SLP 644 Speech-Language-Hearing Services in Multicultural/Multilingual School Settings
SLP 720 Independent Study-Research on Disorders of Speech (1 credit)
Practicum sequence (8 credits):
SLP 610A Clinical Practicum: Introduction to the Treatment of Speech-Language and Hearing Disorders
SLP 610B Clinical Practicum: Introduction to the Treatment of Speech-Language and Hearing Disorders
SLP 611A Intermediate Clinical Practicum in the Treatment of Speech-Language and Hearing Disorders
SLP 612A Advanced Clinical Practicum: Assessment and Treatment Speech-Language and Hearing Disorders
SLP 614A/B Diagnostic Practicum: Children/Adults
SLP 615A Practicum in Audiology
SLP 610C
Extended Clinical Practicum
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Total Credits: 182
  • Core Curriculum Credits: 34-35
  • Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 60
  • Minimum Total Undergraduate Major Credits: 45
  • Minimum Total Graduate Major Credits: 64
  • Ancillary Requirements: see above
  • Minimum Major GPA: 3.75
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 3.50


School of Health Professions

Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean