Communication Sciences and Disorders

The graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders are dedicated to the advancement of science and art associated with the study of all aspects of human communication, and the prevention and treatment of its disorders across the lifespan. The programs offer advanced education and training in the processes of individual human communication (speech, hearing, language, and upper aero-digestive disorders), disorders of human communication, and swallowing and remedial procedures for such disorders. Graduates are prepared for positions in a variety of professional settings: school systems, community speech and language centers, rehabilitation centers, hospital clinics, private practice, state departments of education, health departments, federal agencies, and colleges and universities.

Instruction in the areas of communication sciences and disorders includes formal course work (lectures, seminars, colloquia) and practical training. The formal course work within each area is supplemented by videotape and live-case presentations by the instructors and by direct experiences with clients within the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders. Opportunities for clinical and research experiences also exist in the following areas: The Language and Cognition Lab; the Neurocognition and Language Lab; the Speech Production and Perception Lab; the Swallowing, Voice and Neuroimaging Lab, the Dysphagia Research Clinic. Additionally, students can also become involved in clinical research conducted in the Mysak Clinic.