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[College of Arts and Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS (CD)

Professor Karen F. Steckol, Chairperson
Office: 7 Rowand-Johnson Hall

Communicative disorders encompass speech, language, and hearing disorders. The undergraduate program in communicative disorders is preprofessional and prepares students to apply for graduate programs in audiology or speech-language pathology. The University of Alabama offers graduate education only in speech-language pathology.

Requirements for the major. The required courses are CD 225, CD 226, CD 244, CD 275, CD 277, CD 371, CD 372, CD 377, CD 411, CD 442, CD 443, and CD 444. All 200-level CD courses must be completed prior to enrollment in 400-level CD courses. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Enrollment in 200-level courses is restricted to students with sophomore or above standing with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher. A student must earn a grade of "C" or better in CD 275 before being accepted as a major in communicative disorders. A minimum grade of "C" in all practicum courses is required for a student to be retained in the major.

Decisions concerning clinical placement, completion of the program, or termination of the student from the program will be predicated on factors including course grades, demonstrated clinical competence, and personality characteristics.

Requirements for the minor. The minor in communicative disorders requires the courses CD 225, CD 226, CD 371, CD 443, and 6 hours chosen from CD 244, CD 275, and CD 372. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Students are advised that the communicative disorders major is considered to be preprofessional. A master's degree or the equivalent is necessary for membership in and certification by the national professional organization (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) and for licensure by the state of Alabama and most other states. Employment opportunities for students with a master's degree in speech-language pathology are in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, private practice, and other settings.

For information about the Speech and Hearing Center, see p. 61.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Communicative Disorders Major
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
Course Hours
EN 101 3
MATH4 3
SOC 101 or ANT 101 3
Humanities1 3
Natural science2 4
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16
Second Semester
Course Hours
EN 102 3
PY 101 3
BSC 114 3
BSC 115 1
History1 3
CS 102 3
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16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
Course Hours
EN 205 or EN 209 3
BSC 215 4
Computer science or foreign language 3-4
CD 225* 3
CD 226 3
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16-17
Second Semester
Course Hours
EN 206 or EN 210 3
Computer science or foreign language 3-4
Fine arts1 3
CD 244* 3
CD 275* 3
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15-16
*CD 225, CD 244, and CD 275 may be taken fall or spring semester.
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
Course Hours
CD 371 3
CD-related electives 6
Minor 3
TH 113 or COM 123 3
CD 277 1
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16
Second Semester
Course Hours
CD 372 3
CD 377 3
CD 411 3
Minor 6
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15
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
Course Hours
CD-related electives 3
CD 443 3
Minor 3
Social and behavioral sciences1 3
Writing course 3
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15
Second Semester
Course Hours
CD 442 3
CD 444 3
CD-related elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
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15
 
Total: At least 120

1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2A physical science (AY, CH, GEO, GY, or PH)
3Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
4MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.

Admission to clinical practicums. Only communicative disorders majors are admitted to clinical practicums and only by application. Prior to admission to CD 377, the first clinical practicum, or CD 445, the audiology practicum, the student must meet the following criteria:

During the practicum, a student judged to be experiencing difficulty will be evaluated by his or her clinical supervisor and one additional clinical staff member in order to determine if performance is satisfactory. The effectiveness of each practicum student will be evaluated by faculty and supervisors.

Graduate programs. The Department of Communicative Disorders offers a program leading to the master of science degree in speech-language pathology. The requirements for the degree are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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