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DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS (CD)

Professor Karen F. Steckol, Chairperson
Office: 700 University Boulevard East, Suite 145

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 301, CD 302, CD 303, CD 304, CD 305 (or CD 277), CD 306, 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 18 hours: CD 225, CD 226, CD 302, CD 303, CD 443, and 6 hours chosen from CD 244, CD 275, and CD 301, CD 304, CD 305, CD 306. 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 organizations 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 include schools, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, private practice, and other settings.

For information about the Speech and Hearing Center, see p. 64.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Communicative Disorders Major
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
EN 1013
MATH13
SOC 101 or ANT 1013
Humanities23
Natural science34
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16
Second Semester
CourseHours
EN 1023
PY 1013
BSC 108, BSC 109 or BSC 114:1154
History23
CS 1023
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16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
Literature3
Computer science or foreign language3–4
CD 225*3
CD 226*3
Statistics3
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15–16
Second Semester
CourseHours
Literature or history3
Computer science or foreign language3–4
Fine arts23
CD 244*2
CD 275*3
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14–15
 
*CD 225, CD 226, CD 244, and CD 275 may be taken fall or spring semester.
 
JUNIOR YEAR4
First Semester
CourseHours
CD 3012
CD 3022
Minor3
TH 113 or COM 1233
CD 277 or CD 3051
CD 3042
Electives1–2
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14–15
Second Semester
CourseHours
CD 3062
CD 3773
CD 4112
Minor6
CD 3033
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16
 
SENIOR YEAR4
First Semester
CourseHours
CD-related elective3
CD 4433
Minor3
Social and behavioral sciences23
Writing course3
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
CD 4423
CD 4442
CD-related elective3
Minor3
Elective3
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14
 
Total: At least 120

1MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.
2A 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.
3A physical science (AY, CH, GEO, GY, or PH)
4Six 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.

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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