Mission & Learning Outcomes

The mission of the undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide students with the scientific and cultural foundations of the development of typical human communication and communication differences and disorders across the lifespan.

Students will exhibit the knowledge and skills necessary to be prepared for graduate study and meaningful and ethical work in areas related to speech-language pathology, audiology, speech and hearing sciences, human services, and education, using a framework driven by evidence-based practice. Students will actively engage in the pursuit of intellectual excellence and self-formation, demonstrating the commitment, integrity and compassion necessary to be socially responsible in a culturally and linguistically diverse global society.

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Describe the anatomical, physiological, and neurological structures and processes involved in speech, language, hearing, and swallowing functions.
  2. Describe characteristics of typical versus atypical communication skills across the lifespan.
  3. Explain the linguistic and acoustic characteristics and etiologies of prevalent communication disorders.
  4. Describe the social-emotional, sensory, motor, and cognitive correlates of communication across the lifespan.
  5. Explain scientifically driven, evidence-based principles of assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing.


  1. Transcribe normal and disordered speech and language production using standard disciplinary conventions.
  2. Demonstrate skills that contribute to the provision of providing culturally and linguistically responsive assessment and intervention services to diverse populations.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills to present disciplinary information accurately and clearly.
  4. Demonstrate effective written communication skills that conform to information literacy and disciplinary standards.
  5. Apply critical thinking and analysis of scientific evidence to solve clinical problems related to prevention, assessment and treatment.
  6. Demonstrate essential functions and professional ethics as required for engagement in clinical practicum.

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